Marjorie Elizabeth Bilbo, 80, of Orange, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. Mr. Ken Barry and Mr. Paul Masters will be conducting services. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. 

Born on Jan. 27, 1929 in Bessemer, Ala. to Lester H. Helms Sr. and Lizzie Belle (Haisten) Helms, she lived in the Orange area for 61 years. She was a member of the West Orange Church of Christ, was an avid baker who was known for her baking and needlepoint crafts. She enjoyed collecting porcelain ceramic dolls and teddy bear figurines. Above all else, next to her Lord, was her love for her family. She loved each of her children and grandchildren in her own special way. 

Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin C. Bilbo; brother, Lester H. Helms Jr.; and her sister, Zoe Ruth Donham. 

Those who will most cherish her memory are her daughter, Mitzi Bilbo and her husband, Johnny Shelton Jr. of Orange; sons, Mel Bilbo and his wife Elizabeth of Reeds Springs, Mo., Mike Bilbo and his wife Sharon of Orange and Matthew Bilbo of Orange; brothers, J. D. Helms of Greensboro, N.C. and Charles Helms and his wife Shirley of Florida; grandchildren, Tim Bilbo and his wife Tressa, Kristi Bilbo, Becca Dorris and her husband Stephen, Jennifer Palermo and her husband Kevin, Joshua Gibson, Marshall Babcock and Kelli Bilbo; and five great-grandchildren. Marjorie is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family wishes to thank the Little Cypress Fire Department, the Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department, the Emergency Room Staff of Baptist Hospital in Orange and the friends and family who have helped the Bilbo family during their time of loss. The family has asked that for those desiring memorial donations; please make a donation in Marjorie’s memory to the Pinehurst Volunteer Fire Department, the Little Cypress Volunteer Fire Department, The American Diabetes Association or any local Burn Victims Association.

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