Birdella Grant (Ridlon) Haskins, 95, a long-time resident of Coudersport, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She married Howard B. Haskins in Coudersport on May 25, 1946, they shared 55 years of marriage together prior to his death in 2002. She was born on April 8, 1923 in North Stratford, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late John C. and Irene (Grant) Ridlon.
Birdella graduated from Coudersport High School and continued her education at Bryant and Stratton College. Her primary occupation consisted of owning and operating the former Birdella Grabe Furniture Store located in Coudersport. In addition, she was employed by her family’s hardware store, Ridlon Hardware, for over a decade and also served as the personal secretary to well-known attorney, John Mahaley, from 1946 until 1957. Birdella was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport for over 50 years, serving as church secretary during many of those years. She was a member of the Charles Cole Hospital Auxiliary, the Coudersport Office Girls and was an active volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Mobile. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, hosting family events and reading, as she was involved in many book clubs. Birdella will be remembered by family and friends for her caring personality and kind-hearted nature.
Left to cherish her memory are, her son and daughter-in-law, John H. and Cris Haskins of Coudersport; granddaughters, Shannon Haskins and Brittany Haskins, both of Coudersport; one great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Kibbe; one great-grandson and great-granddaughter on the way; many dear friends.
In addition to her parents, Birdella was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Birdella’s name to either, Eulalia Cemetery, c/o Donna Lehman, P.O. Box 226, Coudersport, PA 16915 or an organization of your choice.
Birdella’s funeral service will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. There will be one hour of visitation prior to service from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Pastor Carl Greene will be officiating and burial will take place in Eulalia Cemetery. To share your fondest memories of Birdella or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com. Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport.
c/o Donna Lehman P.O. Box 226, Coudersport PA 16915