Sibyl Marion Kidman

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Sibyl Marian Kidman 1917 – 2011 Sibyl Marian Kidman passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of Sunday July 24, 2011 at age 94. She was born in February 10, 1917 in Garden City, Utah to parents Bert and Vera Erickson. She avoided the many common diseases except the one known as TMB (too many birthdays). The matriarch of the Kidman family she was affectionately known to all as "Granny". She attended Utah State University where she majored in Library Science which reflected her love of books and poetry. She moved to California in 1942 and after marrying William B. Kidman, she soon relocated to Redondo Beach and later Torrance. Often calling it the "Promised Land", she made the South Bay her home for 70 years. She devoted her life to her 6 children as a warm and caring mother who always found a way to provide them with more than just the necessities of life. Later on she worked in local retail until age 70. She found great pleasure in her grandchildren and great grandchildren who visited often. She enjoyed the annual trip to Laughlin, crossword puzzles and the many family gatherings. She was able to remain in her home with the support of her wonderful caregivers Joc, Billie, Pat, Joan, Yvonne and Rose. The family thanks them. She is survived by brother Bert, her children, Bonnie (Dave), Karen, Marian (Michael), Christine, Bill (Micki), Scott (Susheila), Grandchildren, Dawn, Allison, Lindsay, Marissa, Nicole, Shelby, Ryan, Brett, and Lauren, Great Grandchildren, Chris, Maya, Reed and Lars. Granny, we will miss your generous caring heart, sweet spirit, strength and courage. The family will hold a private burial at sea.

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  1. Bonnie / Dawn I know you will miss her very much…she will be in your hearts forever…love you both vernelle

  2. We were so saddened to read of your mother’s passing in the Daily Breeze. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. We will always hold our fond memories of Granny in our hearts. A beautiful woman inside and out. Now a beautiful Angel in heaven with all the angels which also have a close place in our thoughts and hearts forever. Hugs to the Kidman family.

  4. Bill, i’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonerful lady and made us all laugh. She will missed by many. Give hugs for me to the girls. Love Dave

  5. I grew up across the street from the Kidman’s and Billy and I went to school together from Kindergarten thru graduation from West High. Sibyl was a wonderful, kind and loving person. She would always speak to you when she say you and I remember her walking to the store to get groceries. One day we were at the store at the same time and my mom said we could take her home, she was so greatful. I don’t ever remember Sibyl having an unkind word to say about anyone. May she rest in peace and may the Lord confort her family during this time of sorrow.

  6. Bill I was so sorry to hear that your mother passed. It sounds like she lived a full life, I send my prayers and love for your family. Love Joan

  7. Aunt Sibyl was a generous and welcoming person whenever I was lucky enough to be able to visit. She made you feel special. My daughters were particularly charmed by her sense of humor as she described the challenges aging during our last visit to her home, which was amazingly when she was a young 82 year-old! Condolences to you all at her passing.

  8. I had been thinking so much about Aunt Sibyl lately as I have helped to take care of the needs of my 96 year old Mother-in-law and realized that Sibyl was also in that age range. I have many lovely memories of her as a young mother and also from living across the street from her in Redondo Beach one summer. She was always sunny and helpful and I knew that she loved her family so much from the activities she was always doing with them. I am glad she was able to have a peaceful passing in her own home. That is surely a great blessing for the whole family. My husband Ed, and I send our love and Hugs to all of her family. Our thoughts are with you as you carry out her wishes at the end of her life here on earth. Sandra Lee (Edwards) Olsen

  9. It has been a long time since I was able to see Aunt Sibyl, but I have many fond memories of going to visit her in California as a young girl and then as a teenager. Sibyl is my great-aunt — my mother Roberta Edwards is her niece. I didn’t know my grandma Bonnie as she died when I was only 2, so the chance to get to know her sisters was really special to me. I loved Aunt Sibyl’s sense of humor and loved spending time with her. She was such a nice lady. I can just imagine how much fun she is having with all of her sisters now! My love to her family.

  10. My thoughts are with the entire Kidman family and their families also. It’s been a long time since I have seen all of you. I wish all of you the best in life. I have very fond memories of the entire family. I had forgotten Sibyl’s birthday was a day before mine. I can only hope to live almost as long as she.

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