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Margaret CLARK

Female 1919 - 2004  (85 years)


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  • Name Margaret CLARK 
    Nickname Peggy 
    Born 16 Feb 1919  Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Dec 2004  El Dorado Hills, El Dorado, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I12343  Pioneer Ancestry | Ancestors of Kathleen Diane Clark
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2009 

    Father Hugh Daniel Clark,   b. 13 Nov 1890, Clinton, Clinton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1953, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Ethel May Peres,   b. 31 Aug 1898, Salina, Saline, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1986, Pinehurst, Moore, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1917  Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Witnesses were: Peter Clark and Carmen Amouroux
    Photos
    Clark siblings (1932): Bob (15), Peggy (13), Jim (11), Dick (9), Bill (8), Thomas (1)
    Clark siblings (1932): Bob (15), Peggy (13), Jim (11), Dick (9), Bill (8), Thomas (1)
    Clark: Ethel (rear); Bob, Jim, Peg (middle); Bill, Dick (front)
    Clark: Ethel (rear); Bob, Jim, Peg (middle); Bill, Dick (front)
    Family ID F24582333  Group Sheet

    Family Charles Ezekiel BAILEY,   b. 26 Aug 1917, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1997, , Sacramento, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Children 
     1. R.C. Bailey
    +2. M.A. BAILEY
     3. M.M. Bailey
    Family ID F24582394  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S162] Birth Index, California, 1905-1995.
      Margaret Clark, 16 Feb 1919, Female, Peres, Santa Barbara County

    2. [S137] Social Security Death Index.

    3. [S185] Obituary, Sacramento Bee (CA), 6 Jan 2005.
      "Peg Bailey had gifted hand for flower arrangements"
      By Edgar Sanchez, Bee Staff Writer

      Even the generals admired Peg Bailey's floral arrangements. As the wife of an Air Force officer, Mrs. Bailey turned roses and trilliums into stunning decorations for countless military parties and other special events. After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1971, she opened The Gifted Hand flower and gift boutique in El Dorado Hills, later moving it to Folsom, then to Cameron Park before closing the business in 1999.

      Mrs. Bailey died of heart failure Dec. 9 in a San Francisco hospital after falling ill while visiting relatives. She was 85. At the time of her death, she lived in El Dorado Hills.

      Mrs. Bailey "was an untypical 85-year-old," said son Randy Bailey, recalling her brilliant sense of humor, grace and creativity. "She'll be missed ... (by) everyone who loved her," he said.

      The multitalented Mrs. Bailey was a pioneer businesswoman, said her longtime friend, attorney Karen Guthrie. "Peg started The Gifted Hand in the early days, when there were very few businesses in El Dorado Hills," she said. "Flowers were only a portion of her business, but Peg was particularly busy during the high school proms, when she was inundated with orders for corsages and boutonnieres," she added. If a student couldn't afford a corsage, Mrs. Bailey found a way to provide it, her son said.

      Born Margaret Clark in Santa Barbara in 1919, she preferred to be addressed as Peg or Peggy. At Santa Barbara High School, she met Charles "Buck" Bailey, star fullback on the school's varsity football team. The couple were married in May 1941, after he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. He served as a pilot in the European theater of World War II. His plane was shot down on a 1943 mission over Germany, and he was a prisoner until the end of the war.

      In the 1950s, his Air Force assignments meant a life of travel for him and his family. From 1953 to 1955, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as chief of the mission to the Honduran air force.

      Mrs. Bailey became a leader in the Officers Wives Club, helping to organize special events ranging from retirement parties to receptions for new embassy staff. "Mom would orchestrate menus, help cook the food and plan the room decor," Randy Bailey said. A self-taught florist, she provided an elegant touch for the events with her floral arrangements, he said. "My mom became known for her ability," he added, "and she would be chosen by the generals and the commanding officers to help with these events."

      The Baileys lived on military bases in Idaho, Nebraska and Northern California, with Mrs. Bailey remaining an active member of the Officers Wives Club at each. When Col. Bailey retired in 1971, the couple settled in El Dorado Hills. The family enjoyed trout fishing and camping.

      Mrs. Bailey launched The Gifted Hand on her own initiative, her son said. It was operated in El Dorado Hills for about three years before being moved to Old Town Folsom for a year or two. It then was relocated to Cameron Park until she retired. Proud of her work, Mrs. Bailey liked to say, "Any fool can stick a bunch of flowers in a vase, but floral design is an art form." Without her saying it, Randy Bailey said, it was understood that she was a master of that art. "What she turned out were pieces of art," he said. "You could pick out her arrangement among 20 every time. Hers was always the best."

      For many years Mrs. Bailey volunteered one day a week in the emergency room in Marshall Hospital in Placerville. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997.

      Peg Bailey, Born: Feb. 16, 1919; Died: Dec. 9, 2004

      Remembered for: Her "can-do" attitude and love of family.

      Survived by: Son, Randy Bailey of San Rafael; daughters, Anne Graham of Los Altos and Mindy Bailey of Santa Barbara; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

      Services: A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in El Dorado Hills. For details and directions, please phone (415) 254-3192. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in her memory to the Marshall Hospital Foundation for Community Health, P.O. Box 1996, Placerville, CA 95667, c/o Karen Good.

    4. [S120] Marriage Certificate.
      Hugh Daniel Clark native of Iowa aged 23 years, resident of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, State of California, color White; married Ethel May Peres on 21 Apr 1917; Witnesses: Peter Clark & Carmen Am(?)ouroux