Payson, and Rim Country, lost a living treasure this past week. On Sunday, Sept. 11, a dear friend of mine, Mrs. Margery Brewster Bloomfield, age 85, passed away after a sudden bout with liver and pancreatic cancer. My heart is heavy at the loss of a good friend, who will be irreplaceable not only to me but to others who knew her and loved her.
For those who did not know Margery Bloomfield, she was special, a kind-hearted and generous person. She was proud of her Rim Country heritage, which, as Stan Brown the historian might attest, was impeccable. Her colonial American and pioneer Arizona roots ran strong and deep. Besides being a descendant of Mayflower leader William Brewster, Margery was also the granddaughter of one of Payson's early settlers, William MacDonald, for whom MacDonald Hill, north of Green Valley Park, is named. She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the Northern Gila County Pioneers, though more recently she joined a notorious band of ladies who cryptically call themselves the "Red Hat Society" -- an association about which I became gravely concerned when Margery first told me about it, but later I confirmed they were not a subversive group seeking to overthrow the government. All kidding aside, Margery was an avid embroiderer and sewing aficionado and even taught fabric dyeing and embroidery classes here in Payson (no surprise since, after all, she was a retired school teacher who had taught many a home economics class to domestically challenged high schoolers).
I will always count it a privilege to have known Margery since 1999, and I will always cherish the times that were spent at her home listening to her stories and the accounts of her life.
To those who knew Margery on a more intimate level -- her longtime friends in the Payson, Buckeye, Liberty and Tucson areas, and especially her family, including her daughters June and Margaret, I extend my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences.
Payson is just a little bit poorer now that this dear matriarch of Rim Country history is gone. Margery, we will miss you.
Paul Ramirez, Chandler