Marnie graduated from Emmett High School in 1966. In 1986, while attending Boise State University and working on the reunion committee, it is said that she was instrumental in inventing the name “Smurf. Turf “for the new blue BSU football field. Most of his career has been in sales, starting with local radio station J105. It was during this time that she was the manager of Boise’s first heavy metal band, ChildzPlay. She was one of the top furniture sellers for many years and eventually became a real estate agent in the last ten years of her career.
While some people got to know the fun side of Marnie, others got to see the business and professional side, and still others knew her as someone who worked tirelessly in the service of distressed veterans over the course of over the past 15 years.
In 2005, she volunteered to help a group of women, many of whom were soldiers’ wives, to make and send Christmas boxes to our military personnel overseas. She has heard stories of loneliness, financial exhaustion, and worry about what to expect when their husbands return after being apart for so long. Instantly seeing a need, she created a group she called the Twisted Sisters and brought together military wives with functions where they could spend time with other military wives. Here they were able to let go of some of the hidden emotions that arose from the loneliness of being home with great responsibilities and the constant worry that their soldier was the one who would not return. She has remained a listening ear and a friend to these women.
Marnie felt another need in 2009 when she saw some of our Idaho veterans return home to a world they no longer knew. Some returned with serious injuries, PTSD, job needs and anxiety to re-acclimatize to family life. Eager to help somehow, she started a nonprofit called the Idaho Veterans Network, a haven for distressed vets where they could talk to others with similar issues. She spent hours talking to distraught veterans, helping them understand that they were loved and appreciated, that life was always worth living. All she asked of them was that once they got better, they would bend over and lift another brother in need.
“Hello Patriots. Our flag is still there.” was the morning call on the Idaho Veterans Network’s Facebook page, where Marnie posted humor and words of encouragement. She sponsored a weekly peer-to-peer evening where veterans were fed and gave them time to talk together about what they were thinking. She kept the electricity in the houses and bought plane tickets for a veteran to fly east to attend the funeral of the young son of another veteran brother who tragically passed away. She helped a soldier running out of gas and money as he traveled across the country to return home to his family. She succeeded in freeing soldiers from prison with the promise that they would get back on track. She has networked with clinicians to volunteer her time to work with traumatized men. She sponsored a monthly newspaper with special articles on heroes and military stories. She helped plan funerals for those killed in action or deceased, and spent hours counseling their families. She received generous donor hunting and fishing expeditions so that some of the “guys” (as she called them) could be together and share time doing something they loved. For nearly 20 years, she hosted a special reunion at Meridian Speedway where veterans, support and active duty personnel and their families entered for free to share an evening of fun with an opening ceremony in honor veterans. Last month, she helped sponsor the Idaho Veterans Network’s first charity motorcycle race. Marnie leaves a legacy of service to those who need it most through her love, compassion, and gifts as a community organizer, friend and advocate. Because she hated being in the spotlight, most of us didn’t notice most of her services. Marnie will be sadly missed by everyone she touched throughout her life.
Marnie is survived by her children, Stacy McMahan; Tiff Beatty (Jim) and the kids, Valerie (Chauncey and the kids Haden and Carson), Ally (Micheal) and Abby (Keegan); Nick Bernard (Hayley) and children Tyler, MacKenzie, Grace, Luke and Addi; and his son Neal Bernard; Marnie’s siblings Lonna Ward (Craig), Diane Poulton (Craig), Kerri Fisher (Dave), Blair Adamson (Lauri), Brian Adamson (Becklie) and Kris Olsen (Don). She was predeceased by her parents, Emmett’s Dale and Inez Adamson.
Due to COVID, there will be a private family reunion on Monday, November 1. This celebration of life will then be posted on its tribute page at www.bowmanfuneral.com for everyone to watch. Another service for family, friends, colleagues and veterans is currently scheduled for a later date. Condolences can be presented on Marnie Adamson Bernard’s Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Idaho Veteran’s Network by mailing “Idaho Veteran’s Network Donation Fund” at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City, Idaho, 83714.
Posted by Emmett Messenger Index November 3-4, 2021.