Recipient of the 2006 Governor’s “Take Pride in Idaho” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Recreation and Tourism, Ms. Naylor’s passion for sharing recreation activities in Idaho dates back to the late 1960’s, not long after arriving in Idaho from her native California. Mary Naylor was also a lifelong conservationist and environmentalist. Her dedication and connection to the natural world included comprehensive knowledge of Northwestern wildflowers and birds and extended to a love for all creatures, great and small.
Mary Naylor’s work in Idaho’s recreation industry and wilderness areas began with teaching skiing at Bogus Basin in 1970. She continued in a variety of roles, managing bookings and guiding raft trips on the Payette River, driving the Boise Tour Train, managing a cross country ski area in the Sawtooth Mountains, fighting forest fires in the Trinity Mountains, working as a forest tech on the Boise National Forest at Lester Creek and serving on the marketing team for Bogus Basin Ski Resort. Ms. Naylor spent 17 years as marketing director at Brundage Mountain Resort, until her retirement in 2007. She was awarded a “Lifetime Pass” to ski on Brundage Mountain – one of just three such passes given in the history of the resort.
Ms. Naylor contributed her energy to public service, serving on the board for the Southwestern Idaho Travel Association, as president of McCall’s Optimist Club, and as board member and president of the McCall Chamber of Commerce. She helped organize the Opening Ceremonies for the Masters World Cup Cross Country Ski Race in 2008 and volunteered with the Special Olympics World Winter Games in early 2009. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Intermountain Ski Instructors Association. Mary Naylor was a Founding Mother of MCPAWS, McCall’s animal shelter.
Ms. Naylor was the encouraging and enthusiastic force behind many programs promoting skiing for women and school children at Bogus Basin and Brundage Mountain, and was one of the founders of the wildly successful and still ongoing “Prime Timers” ski program for skiers over 50 at Bogus Basin. Mary was instantly recognizable on the slopes with her trademark great technique and brilliant smile; she took joy in sharing her enthusiasm for all the outdoors.
“Females today have many options because of Mary. She was part of the generation of women that left the traditional roles behind, and made it okay for you and me to consider other life options,” says her longtime friend and coworker at Bogus Basin, Jane DeChambeau. “Mary always looked for, and found, the good in people,” says her dear friend of many years, Bee Clark. “She never focused on the things that divided us; she always focused on the things that connected us.” Mary’s friends appreciated her devotion to animals; she cared for many beloved pets over the years. Her dog Dali and cat KC will continue to live with friends on Buckcamp Lane in McCall.
The daughter of Paul Tucker and Rose Amra Fisher, Mary Margaret was born in 1940, and grew up in California with her two brothers, Paul Reed and John Gordon Fisher. Her eldest daughter, Kathryn Anne Redmond, lives with her husband Craig Redmond in Jakarta Indonesia, while her younger daughter, Elizabeth Meigs Naylor, lives in Seattle, Washington. Her former husband, Tom Naylor, also lives in Seattle. “Grammy Mary” delighted in her grandchildren, Dawson and Gabriel Redmond and Jane Kilcourse, traveling across the US and to Central Asia, Africa, and Indonesia to visit them.
A deeply spiritual woman, Mary Naylor is known as a loving, joyous, inspiring person whose warm, bright smile and encouraging nature profoundly touched the lives of her friends and family. In 2005, Mary gladly and fearlessly donated a kidney to her daughter Kate, a wonderful act of devotion for which the entire family is forever thankful.
A memorial service will be held this summer in McCall, Idaho. In preparation, stories and photographs from her friends are welcome. Please send them to: email@example.com