Obituary: Emily W. Bishop
Emily W. Bishop passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Azalea Trails Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tyler Texas. The staff at Azalea took wonderful care of her. Gloria, Trenika, Kofi, Shun, Susan, Jana — and so many others – are appreciated for their kindness and skill. Heart to Heart Hospice was a blessing.
Emily was 93 years old when she died. She was born August 18, 1922 in Stamford Connecticut to Emily Mixon Wood and Charles A. Wood. She had a younger brother, “Bill”. Emily grew up in Darien, Connecticut, graduating from Darien High School in 1940 and the Junior College of Connecticut in Bridgeport in 1942. She enlisted in the Women’s Reserve, United States Marine Corp, in 1943.
Emily spent most of her adult life in Dallas, Texas where she married Marvin W. Bishop, raised her only child, Susan Beddoe Nelson, and enjoyed her three grandchildren. In her address book she noted “Important Dates”: near the top of that list was “Quit Smoking – 1982”.
Emily retired from Briggs-Weaver Machinery Company, where she worked in the front office, in 1987. 2004 Emily and Marvin sold their Dallas home and moved to Tyler, Texas to be near Susan. Emily became a widow in 2012 when Marvin passed away.
Emily was a caring grandmother who delighted in her grandchildren’s accomplishments. She kept pictures handy and always knew the outcome of swim meets, basketball and football game scores, and details on Scouting events! These grandchildren are Emily Kate (Katy) Nelson of Flower Mound, TX, Joe D. Nelson (spouse Karen, daughter Miranda) of Fayetteville, AR, and Sam Nelson (spouse Jenni) of Ft. Worth, TX. Great- granddaughter Miranda Nelson always made Emily smile.
Emily was a terrific knitter and loved to crochet. She kept area church bazaars and all the relatives supplied with sink cloths! She was a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She also followed the games of the Dallas Stars hockey team. She was an avid reader, favoring histories and biographies. She was very fond of Marsha Bishop Armstrong, Marvin’s niece, of Dickenson, Texas. Marsha’s mother, Gloria Bishop, was dear to her, as were the Iowa relatives, Kenny and Lorraine Bishop.
Marvin Methodist Church, Tyler, “adopted” Emily when she moved to Tyler and their contact was important to her.
Emily was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (11122 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX) since 1972. She will rest beside Marvin in the columbarium there. A memorial service will be held later this month.