Mary Alleen Baker Bailey|
1923 ~ 2012
Beloved mother, wife, grandmother, friend and teacher, Mary Alleen Baker Bailey passed away peacefully on February 10, 2012 at the age of 88.
Mary was born on June 15, 1923 in Ogden, Utah to Clarence Edwin and Carrie Rosina Baker but was raised in Tooele, Utah and later in Salt Lake City. She was a graduate of East High School and later the University of Utah in Microbiology. On February 14 of 1944 in the middle of World War II, she married Melvin Joseph Bailey, a U.S. army pilot, and was his faithful and loving wife for over 56 years til he passed away on October 11, 2000. Together they had five children. She was a most loving and conscientious mother who believed that the greatest contribution we can pass onto the world is to raise good people and citizens of our great country. She also taught us to always look for the good in others and to judge all people on their own merits-not on their stereotypes.
As a lifelong learner and with the need to contribute to our family's finances, Mary, five kids in tow, headed back to college at BYU to get her teaching certificate in order to teach high school in Eureka, Nevada. She later got her elementary certificate and taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in Cantua Creek, California and Gabbs, and Pahrump, Nevada. She related equally well with high school and elementary aged students. The genuine love and concern she felt for her students was reciprocated by them many-fold. She retired as a second grade teacher in 1990 while living in Pahrump, Nevada. Not only a great educator who produced superior test results, Mary also possessed a keen wit and sense of humor that served her well as a teacher and throughout her life during good times and bad.
Mary and her husband loved good literature and great music and were connoisseurs of these pursuits all their lives. Mary was also a health "nut" who not only studied health voraciously but actively helped family and friends with their health. Such favorite sayings were "Sugar kills" and "the whiter the bread, the sooner you're dead" made us all smile-and think.
Mary was a proud convert to the LDS faith who held many callings throughout the rest of her life. She was truly a disciple of Christ who epitomized love and caring for others in all aspects of her life. Always a woman of courage, she dealt with difficult financial times, raising five children, cancer, and succumbing to the perils of old age with the same grace, dignity, kindness, and humor. Mary, you will be missed.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Carrie Baker, her sister, Carol Hoskisson, and her husband, Melvin Joseph Bailey. She is survived by her five children; Sherri Palmer of Farmington, Utah, Joe Bailey and wife Tina of South Jordan, Utah, Teresa Wilson and husband Ross of Fernley, Nevada, Shawn Bailey and wife Libby of LaSalle, Illinois, and Carol Comins and husband, Dan of Cary, North Carolina. She is also blessed and survived by 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks and love to the staff of Barton Creek Assisted Living and South Davis Hospice for their kind and loving care of Mary in her final days. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to South Davis Hospital Campus which includes Barton Creek and SD Hospice.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 14, 2012