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Margaret L. Bartholomew, 90

July 29, 2011

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 29 at St. Francis Xavier Church Spokane, for former Loon Lake resident Magaret L. Bartholomew, 90, who passed away on July 15.
Born on Jan. 31, 1921, in Central Butte, Saskatchewan to the late Andrew and Jane (McIlraith Munro) Weyer, the family moved to Spokane in March 1936. She attended West Valley High School for one year then found work as a cook's helper and laundress for board and room plus $1 per day at the Bethany Home across the street from her home.
She later worked as a live-in maid for the grandson of one of the founders of Spokane. In 1940 at age 19, she was employed by Armour & Co. and earned top wages for women at 54 cents per hour, trimming and cutting meats.
She met Stan Bartholomew in 1941, they wed in 1942 and shortly thereafter he was drafted for World War II.
Mrs. Bartholomew worked briefly in Civil Service at the Spokane Army Air Force Depot in Galena, Wash., in a classified material warehouse that stored airplane bombsight parts. Later, she saw a newspaper ad for the Northern Pacific Railway, which was looking for telegraphy students, so she enrolled in the Spokane Telegraph School. In 1944 she was notified that she was ready to enter the work force. She was sent to the Northern Pacific Railway Station in Bucoda, Wash., near Centralia.
She worked as a telegrapher at the Western Union Telegraph and Cable Office at the train station. She worked there until November 1945 when her husband returned from the war.
From 1951-60 she owned and operated dairy farms at Spangle and Loon Lake. Mrs. Batholomew retired after many years as the head dietician at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane.
After retirement she wrote history stories of her life and family, some of which have been published.
A son, Roger; a brother, Tom Weyer and two sisters, Catherine and Wilma, all predeceased her.
She is survived by three sons, James, Daniel, Jeffrey; three brothers Joseph (Genevieve), William “Bill” and Patrick (Ruth) Weyer; three grandchildren, Brian, Trina and Andrew; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Burial followed the mass at the Peone Prairie Cemetery with Hennessey Funeral Home, Spokane, in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook in Mrs. Bartholomew’s name is available at

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