Anita Paige Briddell, 83, known to many as “Bitsy or Mom-Bitsy,” of Dagsboro, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Berlin, Md., on July 18, 1933, to the late Otha Henry and Clara Briddell.
Briddell received her education in Berlin, at a small local school, and worshiped St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. During her years of maturity, she resided in Showell, Md., Bishop, Md., Selbyville, Del., Williamsville, Del., Connecticut, Frankford, Del., and Dagsboro, Del., where she touched the lives of many.
Briddell was dedicated to her employment obligations to Mountaire Poultry for 25 years and the Santa Maria Hotel for 25 years. She retired from her duties in 2003 and then stayed home to raise her grandchildren, and mothered many children in the neighborhood. She was a faithful member of Zoar United Methodist Church for many years and found nothing more pleasurable than attending Sunday service and fellowshipping with the saints.
Briddell was a loving, nurturing and selfless person who dedicated her life to raising her children. She was the woman who led them, who kept them close and who fabricated the foundation upon which her family was built. She was certainly the matriarch of her home and the pillar of the Lazy Lagoon neighborhood. She was loved by many.
Briddell was preceded in death by her father, Otha Henry; her mother, Clara Briddell; a daughter, Fayetta Briddell; a grandson, Jimaine Williams; and a granddaughter, Mahasin Williams. She leaves loving memories with her 12 children, Norman Briddell and his wife, Ella of Berlin, Md., Jeffery Briddell and his wife, Bridget, of Atlanta, Ga., Rodney Briddell and his wife, Brenda, of Millsboro, Del., Gregory Briddell and his wife, Janella, of Virginia Beach, Va., Darlene Collins and her husband, Carlus, of Frankford, Sandra Hagans and her fiancé, Christian, of Georgetown, Del., Pamela Hagans of Dagsboro, Marvin Hagans and his wife, Ayanna, of Laurel, Del., Debra Hagans and her husband, Kevin Brittingham, of Manassas, Va., Donnell Briddell and his wife, Vanessa, of Millsboro, Cornelius Briddell of Frankford, and Clara Trotter and her husband, Larry, of Delmar, Del.; a sister, Agnes Turner and her spouse, Jessie, of Berlin, Md.; two aunts, Natalie Mumford and her husband, James, of Bishopville, Md., and Rachael Briddell of Salisbury, Md.; stepdaughters Hannah Young of Bayonne, N.J., and Betty Myers and her husband, Tony, of Jersey City, N.J., a spiritual son, the Most Rev. Rolland Mifflin of Georgetown; 50 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
A celebration of Briddell’s life was scheduled for Jan. 16, 2017, at Calvary Pentecostal Church, with interment following at Zoar Golden Acres, both in Bishopville, Md.
Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.