Maria “Bridget” Tidwell

Cottage Hills | Monday, July 30 2012

Maria “Bridget” Tidwell, 77, passed away at 12:05 am on Monday, July 30, 2012 at VIP Manor in Wood River with her family by her side.   


She was born on April 24, 1935 in Haisheim, Germany, the daughter of Emil and Ella Eschborn.  

She married Princeton Tidwell on January 11, 1961 in Germany. They were married for 51 years and he survives. 

Bridget was a homemaker.  She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed bowling, shopping, loved taking care of her family and spending time with her friends.  

In addition to her husband of Cottage Hills, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Yvonne and Terry McCree of Bethalto, Mona Elliott and her fiancé, Randy Crotchett of Moro, Cindy and Randy Geisler of Wood River and Eddie and Michelle Tidwell of Cottage Hills; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Christie and Patrick Helminger, Jeremy and Daniell Elliott, Ryan and Brandi Geisler, Alyssa Geisler, Adrian Polowy, Nick and Skye Edington, Amber, Briana, Sarah, Diana “Rose”, Aaron, Jess and Brandon Tidwell; five great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Kimberlie, Bryn, Covelynn and Colton; a brother, Helmut Eschburn of Germany and a sister, Linda Coleman of Sierra Vista, Arizona. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Airam Tidwell, a brother and a sister. 

Visitation will be from 1 pm to service time at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.  

Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.


Memorials may be made to the Family in Care of the Funeral Home.

Online condolences and guestbook can be found at

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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