Margery Genette Brewster Bloomfield

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Margery Genette Brewster Bloomfield, 85, died Sept. 11, 2005 in Payson after a short illness.

Her father was Junius Brewster, a longtime farmer in Liberty and a descendant of Elder William Brewster, the spiritual leader of the Mayflower settlement. Her mother, Myrta Ina McDonald, was born in Payson, the daughter of Payson pioneers William McDonald and Sara Hazelton, who were themselves married in Payson.

Bloomfield, the youngest of four children, was born in Liberty, grew up and attended school there. She met her husband, George Howard Bloomfield, at the University of Redlands, where she majored in education. After graduating from the university, she joined her husband in helping to build P-38 airplanes for Lockheed in Burbank, Calif. during World War II. After her husband was drafted into the army, she returned to Liberty, where she taught at the same school she had attended just a few years earlier.

The couple resided in Tucson for more than 20 years, where Mrs. Bloomfield taught special education, before retiring to Payson in 1983.

Until shortly before her death, she was actively pursuing her sewing and knitting hobbies. She was a member of the Daughters of Gila County Pioneers and the Buckeye and West Gila Valley Old Settler's Union for many years.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Keeler of Cupertino, Calif. and June Gregory of Peoria; one son, James Bloomfield of Tucson; and two grandchildren, Aimee Bower and Eric Keeler, both of California.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1995.

Services were private.

Contributions can be made to the Rim Country Hospice Foundation or favorite charity.

Arrangements were handled by Messinger Mortuaries in Payson.

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