Margie Rose Bast Blades

Margie Rose Bast Blades
Margie Rose Bast Blades

Margie Rose Bast Blades 1/20/1935-4/26/2020

Viewing from Tuesday 4/28/2020 11:00 through Thursday evening 4/30/2020 at Boxwell Brothers.  Memorial service pending.

Survived by son David and (Kim) Bast of Amarillo, Daughter Susan and (Duane) Statser of Amarillo, son Randal and (Becky) Bast of Lenoir, North Carolina Grandchildren Caleb and (Ashleigh) Statser, Sarabeth and (Seth) Davis, Aubree Bast, Benjamin Statser, Jonathon Bast, Katie Bast, Aidan Bast, Isaac Bast, and Rachel Bast.  Great-grandchildren Corbyn Statser and Brooks Davis

Preceded by daughter Karen Bast, brother Paul Gene Brooks, parents Paul and Merle Brooks.

Margie Rose Brooks was born to Merrit Paul Brooks and Merle Mae Nelson of Tonkawa Oklahoma in Ponca City Oklahoma. She grew up in Tonkawa where she was a campfire girl,  attended the Methodist Church, went to movies frequently, lifeguarded, ran around with her brother and the boys in the neighborhood, played the marimba, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She attended OU where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design and was elected into Omicron Nu. She worked with renowned landscape architect Tommy Roberts which gave her great knowledge on landscaping. While at OU she met and married Lowell Bast. They moved to Galveston where he did his residency and they had three of their four children. She worked at a floral shop to help make ends meet. Once his education was completed, they moved to Amarillo where their fourth child was born. They joined St. Paul Methodist Church. She designed the landscaping for the courtyard when the church added on and did all sorts of projects while there such as sewing the children’s choir robes and running receptions for weddings. During this time, she also served as PTA President at Belmar where her children attended, a Webelos Den leader for her son, and a seamstress extraordinaire for her daughters. She always made sure needs were met and often made whatever was needed to accomplish this. She worked for Irvin Wall 30 years. Her friends once dubbed her the garage sale queen for her bi-annual garage sales that they participated in at her house. She later became a member of San Jacinto Baptist Church where she joined the choir. She married Desmond Blades whom she met square dancing which was a favorite pastime for her. They attended both St. Luke Presbyterian and First Baptist Church Amarillo together until his death. Once she no longer had a square dance partner, she took up line dancing at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association where at one point she served as president of the group. She absolutely loved it and continued dancing even after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s all the way until the last 6 months of her life. She served at FBC in the choir and the library ministry. She had the gift of hospitality and had a passion for having people over. There were numerous gatherings at her home for studies as well as get-togethers. She loved to travel and took many trips both with friends and on missions. Her love of music prompted her to hold season tickets for the Amarillo Symphony and Amarillo Little Theater which she enjoyed attending with friends.  She was a member of Chapter B PEO and Phi Beta Kappa.  Margie had a contagious smile and she never met a stranger or hesitated to share her faith with anyone who would listen. She touched many lives.

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12 Replies to “Margie Rose Bast Blades”

  1. I knew Margie thru Irvin Wall’s office. As business associates, we talked on the phone almost daily, and became close friends. She was truly a delightful person, and I missed her when our paths parted. My prayers of comfort for her family.

  2. I knew Margie thru Irvin Wall’s office. We talked on the phone, probably daily, and found that we had much in common & became good friends. I missed her much when our paths parted ways. My sincere sympathy to her family during this time.

  3. My childhood memories are crowded with those of the Bast family – parties, sleepovers and especially ski trips, with my mother and Margie orchestrating up to 8 kids and husbands into (very little) order, but a whole lot of fun. Wow! What good times. As an adult, I was able to benefit and learn from her wisdom and intellect. I enjoyed conversations with her on any subject. As a believer, I have faith her mind is restored and she is totally enjoying being in the presence of her Lord. I look forward to seeing her again one day. Love to all the Bast family.

  4. What a lady! All of us who knew her were so blessed by her. We will surely miss her but so thankful she has Alzheimer’s no more. We all know she will have the front door of her mansion open for all to come.. her gift of hospitality. Harriet Hunter (Becky Bast’s Mom)

  5. My sympathy to your family. I knew Margie through PEO Chapter B. She was a delightful sister in our group.
    She will be missed.

    My prayers are with you,

  6. Margie was such fun to be with and was so very intelligent about a variety of subjects. She will be missed.

  7. Margie and I had many fun times together including 2 trips.
    I miss her and the sweet friendship we enjoyed. Dottie Austin

  8. My thought and prayers are with all of you. Enjoyed the times I spent with Margie at Becky and Randy’s. She indeed was a very special lady.

  9. I enjoyed visiting with Margie and hearing her stories. She was a great conversationalist until about a year before her death. She admitted that she didn’t know who you were, but enjoyed visiting with you anyway. Love to the family.

  10. Sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother. She was such a pretty, active person during her lifetime. Love to you. Lynn Duncan

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