Margaret Louise Miller Bath passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 19, 2016 after a courageous eighteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Margaret was born on August 30, 1946 to Rosalie Sundberg Miller and Dale Van Miller in Ely, Nevada.
On January 29, 1979 Margaret married Thomas Albert Bath at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Ely. Margaret and Tom are the proud parents of Thomas Oakley Bath (Jenni Dalley), Andrew Dale Bath (April) and Paul James Bath (Becki). Margaret’s pride and joy in her life were her four granddaughters Jillian Tessie Bath, Evvan Rose Bath, Ava Rinda Bath and Emerson Miller-Jean Bath.
Education was very important to Margaret, and she was always learning about something. After graduating from White Pine High School in 1964, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Oregon in 1968, a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1978 from University of Utah; and a doctorate in Pharmacy from University of Florida in Gainesville in 2008.
Margaret took great joy in life and lived with graciousness and enthusiasm. She loved going on adventures with friends and family, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She took such an interest in others, and gave the absolute best hugs. Passionate, creative and kind, she always had a smile to share with those around her.
As the owner and face of Economy Drug in Ely, she represented the finest qualities of humankind through her compassion as a pharmacist and friend. She worked at separate times alongside both her father and son Andrew, and championed the growth of a thriving family business.
Margaret was a visionary community leader. She believed in her community, and worked effortlessly to support it. She was a founding member of the Ely Renaissance Society and the Great Basin Community College’s Foundation Board. She also served in leadership roles for the White Pine Public Museum and the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church Vestry and Alter. After a medical outreach trip to Kenya, her concern over child hunger encouraged her to help found the Committee against Childhood Hunger (CACH) which provides nourishment to White Pine County Children.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Raymond Dale Miller. She is survived by her husband, children, and grandchildren, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and thousands of cherished friends. Her legacy of hope, forgiveness and love will live on indefinitely.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to two community projects that Margaret’s passion and drive helped establish:
The Committee Against Childhood Hunger (CACH),
PO Box 151585, Ely, NV 89315
The Ely Renaissance Society,
PO Box 150028, Ely, NV 89315
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 26th at 11 am at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. A Celebration of Life and luncheon at 12:30 pm at the Bristlecone Convention Center will follow. All are welcome to both. If you can’t attend, celebrate your memories of Margaret by giving someone new a hug that day.
Margaret’s remains will be interned in the St. Bartholomew’s Memorial Garden, a place she envisioned as a memorial to her father and a space of contemplative peace for all to enjoy.