Jan. 19, 1985 - July 16, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Marona Amandla Leaura Graham- Bailey, daughter of Maryemma Graham (Lawrence, KS), formerly of Augusta, and Ronald W. Bailey (Urbana, ILL.), granddaughter of Helen G. Moore (Augusta), died on July 16, in Ann Arbor, Mich, from treatment- induced leukemia. At the time of her death she was a second year PhD student in Psychology at Michigan. A Home Going Service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Williams CME Church in Augusta. Interment of her ashes will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in Claxton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Marona Amandla Memorial Fund. Born Jan.19, 1985, in Pontotoc, Miss., Marona moved with her family to Cambridge, Mass. She traveled to Georgia often, visiting grandparents, and made her home there until leaving for Michigan in 2011. Marona graduated class valedictorian in 2002 from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., and summa cum laude from Vanderbilt in 2006, where she authored several academic journal articles. She taught special education in Nashville, Tenn., public schools before becoming education coordinator for Downing and Clarke Academy in Adairsville. In 2008, she entered graduate school at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication as a McGill Fellow, completing her master's degree in 2010. She continued her journalism career with articles in Current Health II , UGA campus publications as well as for her blog. In addition to her parents and grandmother, survivors include siblings who became anchoring caregivers: Malika Josina (Chicago), Robeson (Claremont, Calif.), and Rance Gary Dubois (Cambridge, Mass.); grandmother Earlean G. Bailey (Claxton); stepmother Saundra Murray Nettles, one uncle, Linny Bailey (Brunswick) and two aunts, Cynthia B. McBride (Claxton) and Marcy Bailey (Brunswick); relatives in Detroit, Georgia, and California; and three of her closest friends, Allison Shirley, Orlando, Fla.; Loti Walker, Ann Arbor; and Loren Saxton, Washington, D.C. Her family acknowledges a host dear friends from Brewster Academy, Vanderbilt University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Michigan who were important in Marona's much too short, but rich and engaged life.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 24, 2013