Willa Beth Bird Bickmore Magruder

October 10, 2018


Willa Beth Bird was born on 29 September 1928 in Malad, Idaho. She was the daughter of Matthew Fifield Bird and Louise Young Perry. She spent her childhood on a wheat farm in Buist, Idaho, and attended school in Holbrook and Malad. Her family then moved to Logan, Utah, where she attended high school. She had a thirst for knowledge and was an excellent student, which helped her earn a college scholarship. She attended Utah State University for five quarters.

Willa met Robert Wallace Bickmore, and they were married on 7 June 1947 in the Logan Temple. They were married for 51 years. They moved to California in 1956 and lived in many places there: Menlo Park, Crescent City, Santa Maria, Pescadero, Half Moon Bay, Paso Robles, and Moreno Valley. Eventually, they moved to Orem, Utah.

Willa was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and served diligently wherever they lived. She served in Relief Society, Young Women, Sunday School, and Primary. She was the Relief Society President in at least three different wards. Together, Bob and Willa served two missions: in Jacksonville, Florida, then in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Willa later served a mission to the Vancouver British Columbia Mission.

After returning from Canada, Willa met and married William Raymond Magruder on 23 February 2002 in the Houston Temple. Ray and Willa served in the Independence Missouri Mission and then returned to Houston, where they served as temple workers. Willa lived in Houston until Ray’s death in 2013. She then moved back to Orem, Utah, to be near her family.

Willa was an active member of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and loved to learn about and preserve pioneer histories. She served at the Digital Processing Center in Orem. She also tried to attend the Provo Temple at least twice each week. She loved to take pretty bouquets of her flowers to neighbors who might need some cheer. She lived a full life of service and went about doing good. She died quickly and peacefully on Friday, 5 October 2018 in Provo, Utah.

Willa is survived by 4 sisters: Lou Woodland, Maurine Douglas, Carol Johnson and Ann Hansen. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Barbara Bird and Twila Bird. She is survived by her children: Marilyn Meyers (Kent), Sandi Monson, Georgia Cerda (Hilario), Teresa Winterton (Paul), Rick Bickmore, Annette Page (Michael), Barry Bickmore (Keiko), and son-in-law Rob Page. She is survived by 36 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Willa was preceded in death by siblings Helen Smith, Perry Bird, David Bird, and Richard Bird; husbands Robert Bickmore and Raymond Magruder; daughter Bonnie Page; son-in-law Doug Monson; granddaughter-in-law Margaret Heaton Monson; and grandchildren Allison Marie Hatch, Lowell Monson, and Angela Monson Heaton.

A viewing will be held on Friday, October 12 from 7-8:30 p.m.at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah. There will also be a viewing on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Cherry Hill 6th Ward church located at 1650 South 200 East, Orem, Utah. The funeral will then be held there at 11 a.m., and afterwards Willa will be interred in the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.walkersanderson.com.

Willa will be greatly missed, but we are happy in the knowledge that she is having a joyful reunion with those who have gone before her.

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