|Birth: ||Jun. 12, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 2013|
Marguerite Elizabeth Bundgard
June 12, 1919 - November 25, 2013
Marge Bundgard passed away peacefully at her home west of Hilmar early Monday morning, November 25, 2013 at the age of 94.
Marguerite Elizabeth "Marge" Hicks Bundgard was born on June 12, 1919, in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, second child of Charles Lewis Hicks and Nancy (Nannie) Ella Bean Hicks.
She graduated from Lufkin High School and then attended East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, TX, for two years. She then worked as a bank employee in Amarillo, TX, and also Lufkin, TX, for several years during and after WWII. During the war she learned to fly (soloing in a Taylorcraft) -- probably because she had two brothers who were pilots during WWII, and she was not about to let them do anything that she could not also do!
In 1948 she came to California (coming to visit a boyfriend who had been transferred to Los Angeles). While in California she visited her sister-in-law and husband who lived in Sacramento. Liking the area so much she decided to stay (boyfriend in nearby Fresno probably played a factor) and had no trouble finding a job at PG&E, which is where she met Phil, who ultimately snatched her away from the boyfriend she had followed to California. She and Phillip Andrew Bundgard (son of Peter Andersen Bundgard and Hansine Marie Bidstrup Bundgard) were married on March 4, 1949, at First Baptist Church in Sacramento. In 1951 the young couple moved to the family farm where Phil had been born, just west of Hilmar. She lived there the rest of her life, dying peacefully at home after having suffered several strokes over the past years.
After getting her children through their younger years she began working at Hilmar Elementary School as a teacher's aide and continued there until she retired. After retirement she and Phil traveled around the country, first with a travel trailer and later in a motor home. When Phil eventually became too weak to drive, Marge took over the job of chief driver and tire changer, before finally giving up the motorhome lifestyle in the mid-1990s.
She was preceded in death by her parents, by her older brother Elward Hicks, a younger brother, Lewis Hicks, who was killed on a flying mission over Germany during WWII. She is survived by her youngest brother, Bill Hicks; sons, Lewis Bundgard, Peter Bundgard and wife Candace, Gary Bundgard and wife Frankie, and daughter Nancy Bundgard Jaureguy and husband Steve.
She is also survived by grandchildren: Chris Amato (step-grandson), Tyler Bundgard; Jeremy Bundgard, Heidi Bundgard Sweeney, Kimia Bundgard; Christine Davis, Valen Tittle (step granddaughters);Carolynn Bundgard Moeller, Sarah Bundgard, Gary Bundgard II; Phillip Jaureguy, Paul Jaureguy; great-grandchildren Grace Sweeney, Emily Sweeney, Nathan Sweeney, Henry Bundgard, Jacob Bundgard; step great-grandchildren: Ze'ev Davis, Gabrielle Davis.
Services will be held on Thurs., Dec. 12 at 1:00, Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, CA with a Viewing at the same location on Wed., Dec. 11 from 4:00 -7:00 pm. Burial will be held at North Hilmar Cemetery.
Published in Merced Sun Star from November 30 to December 3, 2013
Charles Lewis Hicks (1891 - 1960)
Nannie Ella Bean Hicks (1890 - 1989)
Phillip Andrew Bundgard (1916 - 1998)
Charles Elward Hicks (1916 - 2000)*
Marguerite Elizabeth Hicks Bundgard (1919 - 2013)
Lewis Jackson Hicks (1923 - 1945)*
North Hilmar Cemetery
Created by: PHF
Record added: Dec 03, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121172031