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Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

1985 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Margaret Elizabeth Bodiford

January 11, 1954August 22, 2019
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On Thursday, August 22, 2019, Margaret Elizabeth Bodiford, passed away peacefully at the age of 65.

Margaret was born January 11, 1954 in Pensacola, FL to Albert and Mae Carroll. Margaret married John Bodiford Sr. on January 4, 1972 and had 4 children and 3 step children. Margaret was a very loved bus driver in Escambia County Florida for 24 years.

She dearly loved her family, friends, and her job as a bus driver. Margaret was always ready to greet and send off everyone with a kiss on the cheek and “I Love You.” She knew no prejudice. Margaret always had a smile on her face that would light up the room. Her school bus children knew her as Mrs. B, she watched a lot of kids grow up over her 24 years as a bus driver and they all loved her. Margaret was truly an angel on this earth.

Margaret is proceeded in death by her father Albert Carroll, mother Mae Carroll, sister Starr Stewart, brother Buddy Carroll, brother in law Cliff Boothe, step daughter Marsha Fisher, step son John (Butch) Fisher.

She is survived by her husband John Bodiford Sr., daughters Karen and Rachael Bodiford, son James Bodiford (Christina), son John Bodiford II (Tricia), stepson Martin, grandchildren Alivia, Patrick, Laci, Tara, and Hannah, and great grandchildren Brayden Bodiford, Bradley Pitman, and Jameson Smith, sisters Mary Keith (Kenny), Ann Boothe, Teresa Lee (Mark) as well as numerous nieces and nephews, brother in law Richard Stewart and Mollie Fisher, wife of John (Butch) Fisher.

The funeral will be held August 31, 2019 at Eastern Gate Memorial on Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL at 12-1 for family and from 1-3 for friends with a service to follow. Flowers can be sent to Eastern Gate Memorial 1985 W Nine Miles Road, Pensacola, FL 32534.

Pallbearers: Quentin Bodiford, Jesse Walker, Patrick Perdue, Buster Potter, Greg Daniels, Donnie Courtney.

Special thanks to the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital, the wonderful Hospice nurses, and especially her sister Mary Keith for caring for her, words can’t describe our gratitude.

  • FAMILY

  • John Bodiford Sr., Husband
  • Karen Bodiford, Daughter
  • Rachael Bodiford, Daughter
  • James Bodiford (Christina), Son
  • John Bodiford II (Tricia), Son
  • Also survived by stepson Martin, grandchildren Alivia, Patrick, Laci, Tara, and Hannah, and great grandchildren Brayden Bodiford, and Bradley Pitman, Jameson Smith, sisters Mary Keith (Kenny), Ann Boothe, Teresa Lee (Mark) as well as numerous nieces and nephews, brother in law Richard Stewart and Mollie Fisher, wife of John (Butch) Fisher.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019

Memories

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Denise Whitfield

August 30, 2019

Oh my goodness, God Just needed another Angel!! Because by far, that was “”Margraret””. She never knew a stranger or never said Anything bad, it was Always a good word, something positive !! One day a long time ago we were driving the bus and it was raining bad. ( all of us were complaining ),And Margaret , said we’ll God is Watering the Gardens!! She was Amazingly a Beautiful Soul!! She will be missed. My Prayers and love to her Family. May God lift You all. Denise

Nancy Askew

August 30, 2019

This makes me so sad to know that Margaret has passed .I didn't see Margaret very much as we both drove on opposite ends of the county but when I did she always had a smile on her face. I would see her at in-service and she would ask" Well Nancy, are you ready for another year?" or she would come up on my bus at a field trip and she and I would sit and talk. My heart hurts for her family because I know that their hearts are broken.

Therese Drexler

August 30, 2019

Margaret was one of my dearest friends! She Always had a positive attitude and always a sweet smile on her face ! As a bus 🚌 driver friend she always made me see the best in everyone even on our worst days . One of the sweetest thing she would do . When she was being what she called bad she would say go ahead and slap my hand ! What s sweet soul . I will truly miss my sweet friend/ bus family ❤️

Janine Walker

August 30, 2019

Margaret one of the truest persons ever. Never a harsh word. I’ve never even seen her in a bad mood. One of the sweetest, and kindest women I’ve ever met. A true loss. I’m praying for the family. May God give you His comfort at this time.

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