Bailey, Alice M.
Alice M. Bailey, of Freeland, died Friday, Feb. 8, at Nottingham Place in Midland. She was born August 11, 1920, in Detroit to Robert (John) and Lucinda (Reese) McVety. When she was still a small child, the family relocated from the city to reside in Butterfield Township of Missaukee County in northern, Lower Michigan. She was the second of what would become a family of nine children, and as the oldest daughter, took on many household duties including keeping one older and five younger brothers in line. After graduation from high school, she attended Central Michigan Teachers College in Mt. Pleasant, and began a career in education, teaching initially at Kingsley, Michigan, then at Breckenridge, Michigan. There she met the love of her life in church choir practice in 1946, and on June 29, 1947, she and John H. Bailey were married. She left teaching in 1950 to begin a family, and moved to Freeland in 1952. She then returned to teaching in 1958 at Freeland, where she taught for the next 21 years, retiring in 1979. During most of those years at Freeland, she taught seventh and eighth grade English, making sure every student that passed through the junior high or middle school system was schooled in grammar, penmanship and sentence structure, including the diagramming of sentences. After her retirement in 1979, she traveled extensively with John through every state except Hawaii, with their travel trailer in tow, and also as volunteers with the United Methodist Christian Nomads. She loved to winter in Florida and occasionally in Texas, where she and John would visit friends, bird watch and enjoy the warmer weather.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by the family she loved and nurtured so well; sons Thomas (Gisela) of Midland, and Richard (Tiziana) of Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren Lisa (Daniel) Solomon, David Bailey, Michael Bailey and Jessica (Timothy) DeGraff, and four brothers, William, Clare, Allen, and Vernon McVety. In addition to her parents, one grandson, Jeffrey Bailey, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services for Alice will take place at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Freeland United Methodist Church. Rev. Lyn Frazier will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Home in Freeland from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, and from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the church. Those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Freeland United Methodist Church or any local hospice service. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the staff at Nottingham Place who cared for Alice in her final days with love, respect and dignity. We will always be grateful.