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Margery Gail Friedlander

February 2, 1937 — June 13, 2023


Margery Gail Friedlander (nee )Pape, born February 2, 1937 in Toronto, Canada, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 13, 2023.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years Bernard (Woody) Friedlander, two sons David and Geoffrey, their spouses Deb and Juli, and 4 grandchildren, Alex, Charlie, Ben and Zoë.

Margery emigrated to the US from Toronto in 1966 and raised her children in Chappaqua, NY, Marietta, OH, Ridgefield, CT and Mendon, VT, before settling in the Wood River Valley over thirty years ago. After arriving in the Wood River Valley, Margery embraced her inner artist and volunteer work and was on the Board of Directors, as well as past president of The Advocates, on the Board of the Wood River Jewish Community, and longtime volunteer at St Luke’s Medical Center.

Margery received a Bachelor of Household Economics from the University of Toronto, and began her professional career as a “Betty Bright” for Consumers Gas, where she provided cooking demonstrations and assisted James Beard where she famously dropped a  chicken on camera.  She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Ohio University, subsequently taught Home Ec. in the Chappaqua school system, then went on to achieve the International Transactional Analysis Association Certification of Teaching and Supervising Analyst, as well as becoming the editor of the Journal of the ITAA for six years.  She received a Six-Year Diploma from Bridgeport University in guidance and counseling where she supported students in the Garrison, NY, school system.  She then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Margery was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and was told to go home and rest. Instead she lived life to the fullest -- playing golf, skiing and occasionally white-water rafting, well into her 80’s. Always a fighter, she never let her MS slow her down, and was a passionate advocate on behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for which she raised countless funds.

Margery was a practicing therapist with the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health in Briarcliff, NY, and subsequently became the Director to the Danbury (CT) Counseling Center. During this time she also maintained a private psychotherapy practice.

In addition to her passion for volunteering, Margery spent many hours with her other love, printmaking.  On numerous occasions she exhibited in the Ketchum Arts Festival as well as the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Festival where she was once awarded Best in Printmaking. 

Recognized as “the lady with the dogs”, Margery could often be seen around Ketchum with her one-of-a-kind service dogs, Choco, Tova, and Ozzie, trained by her close friend Fran Jewell.

A graveside service will be held at the Hailey Cemetery on Thursday at 3:00 pm, with Shiva following on Thursday, and Saturday evening 7:30pm at the Friedlander residence.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to:
Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River (
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (
Wood River Jewish Community (
The Advocates (

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