Margaret Isabel Newbury|
1935 ~ 2014
Margaret Isabel Newbury, 78, beloved mother and grandmother and a longtime resident of Utah, died May 18 after a short illness.
A native of Houston, Texas, she had a difficult early life during the Great Depression. Her father died when she was 5 and her mother had a nervous breakdown, forcing Margaret and her sisters to live in an orphanage and work on local farms. These early struggles gave her lifelong sympathy for other people going through hard times. Still, Margaret managed to graduate from high school and met and married James Fisher of Greeley, Colorado, who was then in the Air Force. She was 18 when she saw snow for the first time in the Rocky Mountains. It was July. She gave birth to two children, a daughter and a son.
The couple lived in Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Spokane, Washington, Atwater, California and Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico before being stationed at Hill A.F.B. Utah, where they lived in Clinton. She was proud to complete her A.A. degree at Merced Community College in California, attending night school. While in Clinton, Margaret worked at Thiokol Job Corps in Clearfield. Later, they moved to Colorado, where she and James divorced and she returned to Utah, to Salt Lake City, where she met and married Dr. Fred Newbury.
Margaret worked for a credit-monitoring agency and cleaned hospital rooms at LDS Hospital. Margaret loved to clean. When she visited her children and grandchildren, the cleaning began the moment she crossed the threshold. It was one of her great pleasures in life. She also enjoyed befriending people of all races and nationalities and taught her children to appreciate many different cultures. Despite coming from the South, Margaret tolerated no racism and instilled this character in her children.
All through her life, she often helped people in need, quietly, without fanfare, from giving a mom who needed to feed her kids the last $5 in her wallet, to taking in her nephew when he needed a place to live, to visiting nursing homes, to bringing home Job Corps youth for holidays, to tutoring children in reading. Margaret loved education and took classes throughout her life.
She sold her house in Rose Park, Utah, and later lived in Pleasant Grove and Taylorsville. She also enjoyed visiting - and cleaning for - her daughter, Marla, and west coast grandchildren in Long Beach, California.
She is survived by a daughter, Marla Jo Fisher, a son, Paul, daughter-in-law Diana who helped care for her and nine grandchildren: Heather, Harry, Sarah, Fernando, Michael, Sandy, Diana, Aldrin and Ingram Fisher.
Viewing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday June 21 and then funeral service at the mortuary afterward at 11 a.m. at Neil O'Donnell & Sons mortuary, 372 E 100 S, Salt Lake City. Interment will be private.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 15, 2014