Mary E. Biddy

November 10, 1931 ~ March 17, 2024

Born in: Hughes Springs, Texas
Resided in: Avinger, Texas

On the tenth of November 1931, in Hughes Springs, Texas, Albert and Mallie Stewart welcomed a baby girl into the world that they named Mary Era. From an early age, she cultivated an ethic of hard work from manual labor in the cotton fields and working in the garden, along with helping her parents can countless jars of a variety of vegetables.

Mary was raised in Avinger, Texas and attended school there. Because of her enjoyment of school, Mary participated in all the activities it had to offer. While attending high school, she was a member of the yearbook staff, on the basketball team and especially enjoyed being a majorette, strutting down the football field while twirling her baton.

It was during high school, that Mary met the love of her life, Bennie Earl Biddy, and they were married by Reverend Johnny Campbell in his home on December 17, 1949. Mary loved being a stay-at-home mom and kept busy raising their three children, preparing home cooked meals, sewing, and making sure their family was in church every time the door was open. Mary’s love of the Bible was evident as she would often be found reading God’s Word.  For many years she was a loyal member of the church choir, loved teaching the young married couples’ Sunday School Class, worked in Vacation Bible School and was committed to promoting missions’ awareness at home and around the world.

After Bennie Earl retired, Mary’s life-long dream became a reality as they traveled the United States, Canada, and even to Japan to build churches, education buildings and housing.  Although Bennie preceded her in death, Mary continued with her love for missions as a summer staff cook at the Wheatland Conference Center in Flagler, Colorado.

Special memories of Mary abound.  Her French Toast for breakfast and chicken fried steak for dinner, Popcorn Cake and the best Trash ever still leaves mouths watering.  Family and friends can testify to her fiercely competitive nature when it came to playing a game of Forty-two or Skip Bo. That same ambitious spirit was seen when she learned to slalom over the waters of Lake O’ the Pines in her forties and continued to do so even into her seventies. She amassed a collection of snowmen that could rival the North Pole, and she was unmatched in her love for all things Christmas.

In the last few months of Mary’s life, she shared with some that she was ready to go see Jesus, and she did just that on March 17, 2024, in Longview, Texas. Although we grieve her passing, a greater promise abounds: “To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord,” and we rejoice in that promise as we give thanks and celebrate the life of Mary Biddy, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.  Left to cherish her precious memory are her children, Danny and wife, Dana, Rebecca Russell, and Alan and wife Susan along with 7 grandsons, 17 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Throughout Mary’s life and even to her last days, she would conclude visits with family and friends, saying, “Give everyone my love!” No doubt, these would be her parting words to us today. Thanks be to God for the life and witness of Mary Biddy.

Mary believed in wearing happy colors for a celebration of life, so feel free to honor her in that way if you would like.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored for contributions to be made in Mary’s memory to the First Baptist Church of Avinger, P.O. BX 246, Avinger, TX 75630.

Private family interment will be 12:00 noon Saturday, march 23, 2024 at Avinger Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Avinger. There will be a time of visitation immediately following the service. Mrs. Biddy will lie in state from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


In State: March 22, 2024 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reeder-Davis Funeral Home - Hughes Springs
1213 Hanes Blvd
Hughes springs, Texas 75656

Interment: March 23, 2024 12:00 pm

Avinger Cemetery
200 Church Street
Avinger, Texas

Funeral Ceremony: March 23, 2024 1:00 pm

First Baptist Church Avinger
300 W. Depot
Avinger, Texas 75630

Visitation: March 23, 2024 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church Avinger
300 W. Depot
Avinger, Texas 75630

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  1. She was such a wonderful lady. She loved her Jesus and family so very much. Taught a wonderful Sunday School class at First Baptist, Jefferson, for many years. She will be missed. Prayers for Danny, Rebecca, Alan and their families!

  2. Candle 2I believe you all know how precious your sweet mama was and how much she meant to so many. You are all in my prayers.

  3. Candle 2Rebecca my deepest condolences to you and your family, prayers. Thank you for letting me sit with her, she’s a beautiful sweet, Godly lady. All my Love Gina

  4. Candle 2Mrs. Buddy and Mama Sue where my Sunday school teachers. Love her dearly for bring the word of the lord to gods children. Also for being a wonderful neighbor/friend to my family. My heart goes out to all the Biddy family.

  5. Candle 2Aunt Mary was such a wonderful woman and loved by everyone. I loved her and Uncle Bennie coming to West Texas when I lived there to go hunting. I loved her dearly, she always made me feel so special. She will be dearly missed here on earth but oh what a glorious reunion they are having in heaven

  6. Mary and Benny lived for many years in Avenger, Texas. I met them first in Idalia, CO. as Benny led a team of volunteer builders from East Texas and Mississippi to remodel a church building and parsonage. We enticed them to bring a crew of “old” volunteers to Flagler in October/November 1994. Four couples lived in the Lodge and worked with local volunteers to do serious remodeling of the interior of the Lodge. Benny was a phenomenal leader, motivator, and skilled artisan. He and Mary inspired the actual beginnings of the Wheatland ministry as they help draft vision for a camp and retreat program.

    Just a few months later, Benny went to heaven. His faithful companion, Mary, then was willing as a widow to return and serve for an entire summer as chief cook.

  7. Candle 5Our beautiful Aunt Mary was a very special lady. We loved her so much. She was what a Christian woman stood for. Such a beautiful example.

  8. Candle 8I’m sorry to hear of the passing of this lovely and wonderful lady! Danny and Rebecca, you both have my deepest condolences. With love

  9. Candle 2Words can’t express what is in our hearts today. I say this because it is so true. Danny, Rebecca, and Alan you know how much we love your sweet mother. I wonde how many young married couples she had n impact on. There is no telling but I know of 2 couples for sure. Mine and Lynn’s and Pam and Pid. I am so grateful for her. We will see you later!

  10. Candle 8I am so sorry for your loss and that I wasn’t able to spend more time with her during her last days. May God bless her family during this time. Mary is with Jesus now and I’ll see her again some day. Loved her dearly. Betty Carter Watson

  11. Candle 8What a lovely woman I counted as a dear friend. I loved her sense of humor! Just the sound of her voice makes smile. I know I’ll see her and her beautiful smile again.

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