In Memoriam : Barbara Bizier
Barbara Ann Turner Bizier - age: 71
(November 22, 1943 to March 11, 2015
Fort Myers, FL & South Paris, Maine
Friends and family may call at the Oxford Hills Funeral Home, 1037 Main Street, Oxford on Sunday, March 15th from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm. A funeral mass will be at 10am on Monday, March 16th at St. Catherine of Sienna, 32 Paris Street, Norway. A spring burial will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in North Norway, where she will be laid to rest by her daughter. Dennett, Craig and Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main Street, Saco and Chandler Funeral Homes, 45 Main Street, South Paris are in charge of the arrangements.
Donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Gina A. Bizier Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, c/o the Norway-Paris Kiwanis Foundation, P. O. Box 174, Norway, ME 04268.
The family would like to give thanks to Beacon Hospice and Market Square Health Care Center for their special care for Barbara and her family during this difficult time.
Barbara Ann Turner Bizier passed away on March 11, 2015 at Beacon Hospice – Market Square, South Paris. Barbara was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 22, 1943 the daughter of Norman and Josephine Paradis Turner.
Barbara graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962 and Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion in 1964. Barbara was a hairstylist for over 42 years. She first owned “Hairstyles by Barbara” in South Paris when her children were little. It was a profession which enabled her to be at home with her children. In the late 1970’s, her husband was transferred to Rhode Island for work, so she obtained her cosmetology license, which enabled her to continue to work in the field she loved. She worked at a salon in Woonsocket. A ski vacation to Maine proved to the family, that Maine is where their heart was! Barbara and her husband Bob bought a grocery store on Norway Lake. Bizier’s Bi-Rite was a venture which proved to be a wonderful family experience. It was a place where Barbara earned notoriety for her handmade donuts, homemade beans on Saturdays, soups, stews, chili and lobster rolls. After selling the store in 1983, Barbara went back to the profession she most loved, Cosmetology. She opened a new salon called “Hair Biz” at the Oxford Mini-Mall and later relocated it to South Paris retiring in 2004. Barbara and her husband Bob became “snowbirds” living winters in Fort Myers and summers in South Paris.
Barbara served as a patron of St. Mary’s Hospital and was President of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Lewiston. She was a member of the St. Catherine’s Sodality, Assistant Girl’s Scout Leader, the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage Cove Bocce League. Although not a member, Barbara was also involved in the Norway-Paris Kiwanis Club and the Norway-Paris YMCA; working at many events and travelling to many clubs with her husband. Barbara was a member of the Norway Art Group and was a student of Artist Lajos Matolcsy and Artist Lee Bean for many years. She was very creative in art and hair.
She loved to read Danielle Steele novels, do word search puzzles and play dominoes – she thought she was always the winner with the highest score. She also enjoyed aqua-cizing in the pool. Barbara’s greatest love was spending time with her family and taking pictures. She earned the title of “Shutter Bug” from her children and grandchildren because she did not want to miss a memory which could be captured on film. Barbara loved animals, especially her shih tzu – Izzy and her hawk named Freedom when she was a young girl.
Barbara was also instrumental in creating a scholarship to honor her daughter Gina, who died suddenly in 2010 from mitral valve prolapse. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student at Oxford Hills pursuing a career in Pharmacology. It was gratifying to her to help someone pursue a career in a field her daughter was so passionate about.
Barbara was predeceased by her daughter Gina; her parents; and her twin sisters Jeanie and Janie Turner.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert A. Bizier of South Paris and Fort Myers, FL; her daughter Lisa and her husband James Pate of Saco; her son Peter and his wife Sandra of Madison, CT; and 4 grandchildren Jonathan and Katherine Pate and Sophia and Jonas Bizier. She is also survived by her AFS son Carlos Turcios and his wife Ercy and their daughters Valerie, Kayla and Sophie of Rockaway, NJ.