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403 North Main Street
Hailey, ID 83333
Phone: 208-788-2244
Fax: 208-788-4792
Myrle Bradshaw

Myrle Bradshaw

Friday, December 19th, 1913 - Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Myrle Pauline Robertson Bradshaw died at her Ketchum home on December 28, 2020 at the age of 107. Myrle was an Idahoan through and through, and although she traveled the world, her life began and ended in her beloved home state.

Born into a pioneer family in Gooding, Idaho on December 19, 1913, Myrle was the daughter of John and Mable Robertson. She spent her first six years on the family's sheep ranch north of Gooding, before moving into town for school. These early years shaped Myrle, who accompanied her father on visits to the nearby Indian village of Toponis, where he took time to teach the Indians and Basque sheepherders to read and write. Myrle and her brother John fished and spent their days outside. They also tagged along when her father's livestock business took him to Ketchum, where he had first arrived in 1898.

Myrle developed her lifelong love of music at an early age, studying piano and playing the trumpet throughout her schooling. She graduated from Gooding High School and attended Gooding College for three years. In 1934 she and her steady boyfriend attended a local Saturday night dance. While there, D.B. "Buzz" Bradshaw approached her, asking for a dance and a chance to see her home. Myrle explained that she was there with somebody else. Buzz then called her several times, until Myrle cautiously agreed to a date with this Stanford graduate, who told Myrle he "peddled honey" in his family's business. Six months later, they were married, a match made in heaven as the marriage spanned 77 years, until Buzz died in 2011 at the age of 101.

After honeymooning in Ketchum's Bald Mountain Hot Springs Cabins, the young couple settled in Wendell in a $17-a-month rental, a tiny little place Myrle called "The Love Tester" because she figured "if you could live there, you could live anywhere!"

The Bradshaws stayed in Wendell for the next 32 years. During this time, sons Doug and Ben were born and the family was actively involved in the community. The early 1950's found the Bradshaws in Ketchum on weekends, building a mountain getaway chalet in the Knob Hill area. Later they vvould build a larger home next to this original house, a home with a view of Baldy through the pines, a place Myrle and Buzz enjoyed with family and friends and where they each died.

In 1963, Buzz' family sold the honey business, which had grown into the largest independent honey producing and packing business in the United States. Three years late, Buzz, Doug, and Ben established Bradshaw Food Brokerage, and later Bradshaw Incorporated and Bradshaw International, which focuses on kitchenware and is run by the third generation of the family.

The purchase of the food brokerage company took Myrle and Buzz to Los Angeles. Myrle played an important role as a gracious hostess, entertaining customers and executives from across the country in the Bradshaw residences in Los Angeles and Ketchum, as well as their new condominium in Indian Wells. She brought grace and a sense of style to any gathering. Myrle's touch was especially apparent in the artwork and fine furnishings in each home, as well as the beautiful clothing and jewelry she always wore.

Myrle and Buzz traveled the world and later years found the couple going between Ketchum and the desert, eventually spending more and more time in Idaho, where they had a large circle of friends of all ages. The house was a flurry of activity. Myrle and Buzz were particularly close to their grandchildren and their offspring, who visited often to ski, fish, and spend time with family. Buzz and Myrle spearheaded a fundraiser to create the Knob Hill Park and later deeded two lots to the city to expand it. They were active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church and were Grand Marshals of Ketchum's 2005 Wagon Days parade.

In later years, Myrle hosted an annual Christmas party for the children of friends. Myrle was a longtime member of P.E.O., joining the organization in Gooding in 1947, helping to establish the Wendell chapter, moving into Hailey's Chapter AM, and ultimately belonging to Chapter CH in Sun Valley. Recently, Chapter CH established a P.E.O. scholarship in Myrle's name. Myrle was also involved in Eastern Star and throughout her life, she kept in touch with the young women she met while Guardian of Job's Daughters in Wendell.

Myrle had a large group of girlfriends and loved going to lunch or hosting them for wine in the sunny comer of her Ketchum home. Neighbors stopped often. Myrle had an uncanny knack of keeping up with every person's comings and goings, never forgetting a detail of what was going on in their lives. Her sense of humor and her love of life were infectious, and Myrle's adoring friends were continually inspired by her.

Al 105, Myrle told a friend that she knew she didn't have much time left. But she said, "I don't dwell on it. I wake up thinking, 'What am I going to read today?' "

Myrle was predeceased by her husband, Buzz, and her son, Ben. She is survived by her son Doug Bradshaw of Gardnerville, Nevada, his wife, Nancy, seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

The Family wishes to thank Myrle's dedicated caregivers: Tammy Martinez, Marisa Elizarraras, and Gay Burk.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum at a future date, post Covid-19; date to be announced.

Memorial gifts to be directed to the Hospice of the Wood River Valley, P. O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.
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    1026 Main Street North
    KETCHUM, ID 83340
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Billie Robertson Henslee

Posted at 07:21pm
I haven't seen Myrle probably since the 1990s.
But I have memories of seeing she and Buzz several times a year before my father, her cousin Joe Bill Robertson passed away in 1968. I remember their home in Wendell.. After that I only saw them sporadically when my Aunt Midge Peltier would visit. I also had the pleasure of seeing her at a few P.E.O. Conventions. I remember she liked to laugh. She was an interesting classy lady, who told me some funny stories about my father and Grandfather Billy Robertson after i became an adult. I would sit enthralled as she talked about the family. My hugs and prayers are with her family and friends.
AB

Angela M Borges

Posted at 09:53am
Just wanted to say what privilege it was to meet Myrle & Buzz years ago at their granddaughters home in Dubai UAE! They were such a beautiful couple ~ kind , funny, loving and happy! Their family were truly blessed to have both Myrle and Buzz in their lives. Seeing Myrle again at Her great granddaughters wedding in October smiling and laughing surrounded by her family on the dance floor will always be a wonderful memory! God rest her beautiful soul.
Our love and prayers are with you all.
Angie & Jerry Borges
DG

Daniel Good

Posted at 03:45pm
Merle was a special person in our lives as was Buzz. We go back to the late 1970s to our meeting in Vail, CO at the "Executive Downhill Seminar" a skiing boondoggle organized by food industry executives. Buzz was an expert skier and Merle not so much so Marlene and I skied with her! Our friendship grew over the years particularly in the California desert where we both had homes. Dinners at Thunderbird and the Reserve and many other places. A pleasure to know such nice people over such a long time. Merle will be missed but her memory always with us.
LO

Loretta O'Connell

Posted at 03:14pm
My condolences to the family of a great friend and woman. Myrle was a role model for all girls and women who came into her orbit. I was fortunate to know her from my early days in Idaho, and to have stayed in touch over the years. Her marriage to the late Buzz Bradshaw was also a model of a loving relationship. She was an exceptional person who was curious, kind, generous, fun and a good friend and citizen. The world is better for her life. I am grateful that it was a long and happy life.

Loretta O'Connell, San Francisco.
BJ

Beth Johnson

Posted at 01:53am
My husband Erik and I send our deepest sympathy. Myrle was such a special friend. We got to know her in Indian Wells. What a gift it was to know and love her. Bless her family. She was so proud of each of them. Sending love from North Dakota.
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