Gwendolyn Mae Bagley
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Gwendolyn Mae Bagley, 89, of Midland, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. She was born Oct. 8, 1922, at the family home in Wilson, MI (U.P.), daughter of the late H. Roy and Lea (Bellefevil) Bagley.

Gwendolyn was a graduate of Powers-Spalding High School and a graduate of Northern Michigan Teachers College (NMU) with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in physical education. She also did additional graduate work at the University of Colorado, at Boulder.

Gwendolyn was a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Wilson, and Holy Family Episcopal Church in Midland. She was a member of the NMU Alumni Association, a life member of the NEA, MEA, MARSP, and the Order of the Eastern Stars (OES) with dual membership in Midland Chapter 121 and Norway Chapter 251. Gwendolyn was on the board of directors and past president of Big Sisters, Inc. of Midland. She was a 1967 recipient of the Gerstacker Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Secondary Level. She taught 42 years in the public schools of Michigan, two years in Marquette and 40 years in Midland, retiring in 1986.

In addition to her parents, Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her brother, Moyles. Survivors include several Bagley and Bellefevil cousins and long time friend, Carolyn Fretz and her loving family.

Funeral services will take place 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, from the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. The Rev. Rayford Ray, Bishop of the Northern Michigan Episcopal Diocese, will officiate, with burial in Wilson Cemetery, Wilson. Gwendolyn's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Midland Area Community Foundation, Gwendolyn M. Bagley Fund, or a charity of your choice in Gwendolyn's memory.

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Published in Midland Daily News on Dec. 20, 2011.
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January 1, 2012
Miss Bagley was a wonderful teacher. She taught me to play tennis at NE and Miss Fretz taught me to swim! I grew up on Wyllys St. and went to Holy Family church with Miss Bagley and Miss Fretz. A truly wonderful woman has left us however her legacy lives on in all her students. Miss Fretz and family - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lori Roth
December 26, 2011
she was a good teacher,i never had her to teach me in the class room . only on dance day at northeast she more then once told me to walk in the hall. she will be missed
jimmy jensen
December 24, 2011
I had Miss Bagley during my NE days, she did know how to get the best out of us. I know she's in a much better place now and will keep her in my prayers.
Jean Lane-Hutton
December 22, 2011
Miss Bagley was the best! She knew how to get the best out of her students and made you feel like you were important and intelligent. So glad I had her for a teacher. Even though I haven't seen her since jr high, I will miss her!
Suzanne Owen Holzhausen
December 22, 2011
I remember Miss Bagley ran an after-school sports program for us girls back in the 1960s. She didn't try to manage us, just let us goof off and blow off steam. My condolences to her family and Miss Fretz. Jean Hughes Raber (Michigan)
December 22, 2011
Miss Bagley was my gym teacher in 8th grade at Northeast. She was one of those teachers I have often thought of. She was a very nice lady. God Bless you Miss Bagley.
Jan (Bohnow) Zileski
December 22, 2011
My Husband remembers her correcting his and his friend Chris's English from up at the lake, where they both had a cabin. That made me smile and laugh. She would be smiling, about that.A good teacher and a good person, Ms. Bagley.
December 22, 2011
Just a very nice lady. Sorry to see her passing, although she has been ill for a while, I knew her in later years, and she was just very nice. Seemed like such a FUN lady, always had a story to tell me about going up North in the summers.I know she enjoyed that so much. May she rest in peace.
December 21, 2011
I remember Ms Bagley from my days at Northeast Jr. High - she was always one of the nicest teachers and you always were happy to go to her gym class. R.I.P. Ms Bagley - you taught us how to live more healthy lives and you proved it by your long life.
Diane Yager Stover
December 21, 2011
Gwen has been a friend of my family and myself for a her entire life. She will be missed by all who knew her.
John Henderson
December 21, 2011
My godmother was a very special person. I will miss her and I loved her very much.....
Mary Beth
December 21, 2011
Miss Bagley could catch me with gum in my mouth from a mile away. Rest in Peace.
Terri Wuelfing Bunge
December 20, 2011
Ms. Bagley could detect gum in your mouth from a mile away!
Terri Wuelfing Bunge
December 20, 2011
Martha Atchison Clark
December 20, 2011
Miss Bagley was one of my favorite teachers when I was in Northeast Intermediate. She taught my 8th grade American History Class in 1976. She was a happy soul always and I would stop and wave to her when she would be working in her yard. She truly loved teaching and everyone. I just wish my children would have been taught by her. There is a great void in the world with her passing.-William Wallace JR.
William Wallace
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