Thursday, November 26, 2009

In memory

Margaret Bailey

Margaret Vandenburg Linville Bailey, 82, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family in Boise on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 after suffering a recent stroke. Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church (Cathedral of the Rockies), at 717 N. 11th Street in Boise, followed by interment at Dry Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise. Margaret was born on January 12, 1927 and lived in Boise for most of her life. As the daughter of Stewart C. Vandenburg and Edna Tussing Vandenburg, Margaret grew up on Harrison Boulevard and graduated from Boise High School. She earned her B.A and M.A in education from Stanford University, where she met her first husband, Robert G. Linville Jr. She taught Physical Education to high school girls in South San Francisco and in Glenns Ferry, Idaho before returning to Boise in 1956. Margaret and Robert were divorced in 1978. Four years later she married Morton Bailey. Margaret and Morton spent many happy and wonderful years together traveling and golfing until his death in 1998. Service to community and love for her family were the hallmarks that guided Margaret's life. She was a very spiritual person and a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, serving in many volunteer positions. She also served on the Boise Family YMCA Board of Directors, was a 50 year member of Chapter "A" P.E.O., the Junior League of Boise, and a scout leader in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. In the community or as a church volunteer, Margaret was cherished for her compassion, reliability and dependability. Whenever she agreed to help with an event or project, everyone involved knew that her duties would be completed correctly, on time, and under budget. She was an optimistic, complimentary and loving person who shared freely of her talents and her positive attitude with all those around her. She had many devoted and lifelong friends with whom she spent many happy days. As an Idaho girl and a physical education major, Margaret engaged in and promoted many forms of exercise and outdoor recreation. She loved the rugged and natural beauty of Idaho's outdoors. She was particularly fond of spending time at the family cabin in Grandjean, Idaho during her summers, where she presided over and directed family activities and reunions for almost 50 years. She also loved the mountain solitude of the cabin where she could relax while reading her favorite book. She loved competition, and regularly challenged her grandchildren in games of pounce, scrabble and golf. She was an avid Bronco football fan and a longtime season ticketholder who never missed a BSU home game. Mrs. Bailey is survived by her sons Thomas Linville and his wife Jacque of Boise; Robert Linville and his wife Patty of Seward Alaska; Richard Linville and his wife Amy of Emmett; her daughter Rebecca Obletz and her husband Douglas of Portland, Oregon; her stepdaughter Martha Sorenson and her husband Christopher of Boise; and her brother Dick Vandenburg and his wife Jean of Boise. She is also survived by her large extended family with a current total of fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three nieces and two nephews. Her family was always blessed by her love. We will miss her eternal optimism, faithfulness and determination. Her character set an example that has shaped all of our lives. Her blue eyes and enduring smile will live in our hearts forever. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church (Cathedral of the Rockies) 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702, or the Boise Family YMCA, 1050 West State Street, Boise, Idaho 83702.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry for your loss, Brooke. Having lost my grandmother in March, I understand what a strange emptiness you feel without a grandmother to call, hug, and kiss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.