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July 8, 1948 - April 28, 2022
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Bountiful
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In Loving Memory
Marsha Anne Limburg Bradbury, died on April 28, 2022 in Bountiful, Utah. She was 73 years old.
Marsha was born July 8, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the third child and oldest daughter of Paul David Limburg and Emma Geneal Greaves Limburg.
Marsha was raised in Bountiful, Utah. She attended Adelaide Elementary and South Davis Jr High. After her father’s untimely death at age 42, Marsha supported her newly widowed mother and took care of her younger siblings. Marsha graduated from Viewmont High school in one of the school’s first graduating classes. As a high school student, she wrote the lyrics to the school fight song “Onward Viewmont High School,” which is still sung today. She was forever a Viewmont Viking, returning to her alma matter to work as a teacher for over 30 years.
Marsha served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Uruguay-Paraguay mission. Upon returning from her mission, she completed her education. Never one to choose sides, she attended all the major universities in northern Utah: Utah State, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Weber State. She earned a degree in Physical Education, and certificates in Special Education
On February 10, 1979, Marsha married Robert Rich Bradbury in Bountiful, Utah. Their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on February 10, 1982. They raised three children together, making Bountiful their permanent home.
As a mother, Marsha showed up. She raised her children to be independent, hard-working, and committed. She managed a busy career, but her children were her priority. She was involved in swimming meets, soccer games, musical rehearsals, and much more. She readily embraced any endeavor her children (and her children’s friends) were involved in.
Marsha was a dedicated educator. She taught special education in the Davis County School District for nearly 40 years. Teaching brought her so much joy that she could not give it up. When a pesky cancer diagnosis slowed her down a bit, she opted to retire in 2005. The “retirement” didn’t take, and she soon found herself back teaching part time. Eventually, the pull of her growing grandkids became too strong to continue working, and she finished out her career in 2012 at Woods Cross and Northridge High Schools. She is still in touch with students she taught over 45 years ago.
Marsha was an athlete, and an early advocate for women and girls in sports. She coached gymnastics, tennis, and swimming over the years. She took great delight seeing her children and grandchildren follow in her footsteps in athletic pursuits.
In 2003, Marsha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a dreadful disease with only a 5% survival rate. While the prognosis was not good, Marsha’s characteristic determination helped her to spectacularly defy the odds. Although she prepared for the possibility, she never really believed she was going to die from this disease. She put her heart and soul into becoming one of the 2% to survive 5 years, then did us all a favor and lived another 14 years past the original five. To her healthcare professionals, she was a medical anomaly. To her family, she was a blessed miracle.
Marsha was so grateful for the extra 19 years of life she received, and she made them all count. She taught in schools for several additional years, then answered the siren call of her grandkids. Her final decade of life was dedicated to tending: tending her flock of chickens, tending her beloved vegetable garden, and tending to her five grandbabies: Jackson, Charlie, Lillianna, Amelia, and Ryker. She crawled around on the floor with them, played toys and games, and taught them how to read. In her final year, when she was too frail to do much playing, she watched them play, supported their endeavors and dispensed grandmotherly wisdom. Sunday dinners at Grandma’s became a beloved staple. Her final couple of outings before she died were to watch Jackson’s school musical, to take Ryker to Arctic Circle, and to color Easter eggs with Lilly and Amelia.
In the hours preceding Marsha’s death, the number of people who showed up at her bedside to say goodbye was a true testament to the how deeply beloved Marsha is. The family is grateful to all of those who befriended, cared for, and loved Marsha throughout the many chapters of her life.
Marsha’s beloved husband of 42 years also became her caregiver in her final years. Marsha and her children are forever grateful for the tender, loving, and infinitely patient care Marsha received from her husband, Robert.
Greeting Marsha on the other side of the veil are her parents, Geneal and Paul Limburg, her brother David Limburg, and her sister Eileen Salmon. She is also preceded in death by her stepfather Rulon Smith, and her stepbrother Rulon N Smith.
Those left on earth remembering her are her husband Robert, daughter Rebecca Jean (Adam) Evans, son Robert Rich Bradbury Jr, and daughter Laura Elizabeth Bradbury. Her five beloved grandbabies Jackson Adam, Charlie Paul, Lillianna Joy, Amelia Rose, and Ryker Robert Evans. Her sister Lisa (Chuck) Ecker, her brother Doug (Amy) Limburg, sister in law Suzanne Limburg (Steve) Brinton, and brother in law Keith Salmon. Her step siblings, Ada (Doug) Chabries, Joel (Marni) Smith, George (Marta) Smith, Jeniel Vereline, and Sheryl (Blake) Alder. She is also remembered by many friends, extended family, in laws, and hundreds (if not thousands) of students.
As much as Marsha loved flowers, she loved finding a cure for cancer even more. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (https://www.pancan.org) or to the cancer research organization of your choice.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 1:00pm in the Dry Creek Ward building, 720 E 550 N, Bountiful, Utah. Friends and family may visit Monday, May 2 from 6-8pm at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N Main St, Bountiful, Utah and Tuesday, May 3, from 11:30-12:30 at the Dry Creek Ward building.
We all love you and miss you. Until we meet again.