Marie Isabel BAILEY
1931 - 2021
Corbett Funeral Home Limited
95 Dundas Street
Cambridge, ON
Marie passed away June 24 at Stirling Heights Long Term Care Home after a courageous fight with Dementia. She has gone on to meet her many loved ones that have made the journey before her. Her parents Gordon and Christina Jamieson, her husband Keith Bailey, her daughters Carol Reid and Fiona Porter, her sister Jean and husband Lloyd Betzner, her brother Neil Jamieson, sisters-in-law Helen and husband Cecil Patterson, Molly and husband Bob Hines, and brothers-in-law George and wife Anna Bailey, John (Jack) Bailey and Jimmy Bailey.
She leaves behind son Grant Bailey (Loraine), daughter Jamie Hahn, grandchildren Adam Hahn (Tiffany) Megan Peirce (Rob), Keith Reid (Lara), sons-in-law Don (Redd) Reid and Richard Porter, great-grandchildren Bailey and Logan, sister-in-law Jeanette Jamieson and many nieces and nephews - all she loved dearly.
Marie was born at the family farm in Kirkwall and was definitely always a farm girl at heart. She walked to Kirkwall public school with her siblings Jean and Neil. She then attended GCI High School in Galt boarding with her aunt Helen and Uncle Oz during the week. After high school she went on to Graduate from "normal school" as it was called then, now called Teacher's College in Hamilton. She then taught at St. Andrews School in Galt.
She married her husband Keith on August 17, 1951, and a few years later they moved to Fairchild farm, next door to the Jamieson farm where she had grown up. She was a partner in the farm business, ploughing fields and working the land. She was an accomplished gardener, her vegetable gardens were huge and always weed free. Her flowerbeds were a pride to her, and flourished under her very green thumb.
She worked at the Cambridge Hospital for many years in the central supply unit, making many friends there and was a much respected co-worker.
Marie was a very active member of the Kirkwall Presbyterian Church, holding many leadership roles there over the years. She was a tireless participant in all things church related, lending a hand and her fabulous baking to so many church functions. She will be well remembered for her beautiful alto voice in the church choir.
She was always a seeker of knowledge, a great reader of both fiction and non-fiction. She loved researching the history of her families and of her community. After her retirement from the hospital she took many courses at the University of Guelph to expand her mind further. Her life goal was to never stop learning new things.
Marie was an inspiration to all who knew her. Thank you Marie for all the life skills you have taught all of us. You were the best example of what it means to be hard working, loving, compassionate, community minded, and giving.
Very special thanks to the staff at Stirling Heights for their care of Marie over these past 2 very difficult years.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Marie at a future date. Donations of sympathy can be made to the Kirkwall Presbyterian Church or to the Alzheimer Society.

Published by Flamborough Review on Jul. 6, 2021.
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