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The Glenview Lantern 041218

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10 | April 12, 2018 | The glenview lantern news glenviewlantern.com 22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking for local FREELANCE REPORTERS and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events, www.22ndcenturymedia.com meetings and sports in the area. Interested individuals should send an email with a resume and any clips to jobs@22ndcenturymedia.com CHICAGO SOUTHWEST CHICAGO NORTHSHORE MALIBU In Memoriam Glenview business owner dies after decades of success Alan P. Henry Freelance Reporter Across the globe, millions of girls have adorned their locks with hair bows, headbands, clips McBride and flowers made by Bows Arts. The Glenview-based business, now it its fourth decade, was a labor of love for its founder, Barbara McBride, who died March 27 at the age of 80. “It was always her heart. The business was always so that she could love people, so that she could create jobs and make the world a prettier place,” said her daughter, Deborah McBride DaSilva, now the company president and product designer. “She used to say it was like working for a florist but nothing ever dies because it was so pretty, and her mantra was ‘made with love.’ “That is the secret sauce, because everyone who makes [the merchandise] makes it with love, like they are making it for their own grandchildren.” McBride started the business in 1982 as a cottage industry out of the family basement, and soon enlisted the help of the Pham family, a family of refugees from Vietnam who lived with McBride and were sponsored by her church, Winnetka Presbyterian. “They were really master craftsmen and it freed my mom up to do a lot of outward facing sales,” DaSilva said. “They did production, she went into sales and the business grew and grew because she really had a touch.” Bows Arts, whose products are manufactured in the USA, has been represented in department stores in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Some members of the Pham family’s third generation currently work for the company. Barbara Elizabeth Bailey was born in Arlington, Va., in 1938. Her father, James Russell Bailey, was a successful architect and her mother was active in church and social justice work. “She remembered all the lights being turned off at night around Washington D.C., as was required, to confuse possible enemy bombers during the war,” said her son, Douglas McBride. During her years at Converse College, she attended nearby sit-ins led by Martin Luther King. After receiving a master’s degree in Christian Education, she moved to Virginia Beach, were she met a young sailor named Charlie McBride. Work brought the couple to Chicago and they gradually moved north to Winnetka, where the family lived for almost 20 years, and then Northfield. “Like her mother before her, she loved her family, her church and her community,” said Douglas McBride. Among her favorite activities was hosting dinners. “In fact, recently, well within the grasp of Alzheimer’s, she responded to family visitors by attempting to get up from her wheelchair ‘to make some chili,’” he recalled. Most of all, he said, “Barbara was a woman with a huge heart. She loved to listen and to walk with people in joyous times and difficult ones.” McBride was the beloved wife for 50 years of the late Charles Douglas McBride. She was the mother of Charles Douglas (Jennifer Talley) McBride III, Deborah McBride (Nilton) DaSilva and Russell Bailey (Cristiane Seixas Duarte) McBride; grandmother of Jackson Noble McBride, Charles Jonathan McBride, Madeleine Elizabeth DaSilva, Gabriela Duarte McBride and Olivia Duarte McBride; sister to late Debby Gale Bailey; sister-in-law of Carole (Ray) Iacovelli, Penny (Spencer) Gregg, Richard (Kate) McBride, and the late Alice Mc- Bride and Greta Lancaster; and aunt of many nieces and nephews. Alexander M. McNish Alexander Malcolm McNish, 82, of Glenview, died March 7. His brief illness and death came as a surprise to his family and friends. Known as Mal- Please see memoriam, 32

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