Services for Marjorie Bailey, 93, of Milano were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, in the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial followed in Milano Cemetery in Milano. Dr. Joe W. Bai ley Jr. and Dr. Gregory Nichols will officiate. Visitation was 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the funeral home.
Marjorie Bailey was born July 26, 1919, in Milano to Joel and Louella (Newton) Elam.
She was valedictorian of Milano High School, Class of 1936. She then graduated from Baylor University with her B.A. in 1939.
On June 3, 1940, she and Dr. Joe Weldon Bailey Sr. were married in Milano, and to this union four children were born.
Marjorie was a public school teacher for 20-plus years. She began and ended her career in the Milano School District.
Marjorie was a member of Liberty Community Church, Milam County Retired Teachers Association and Beta Nu.
She served with Mission Service Corps at the Southern Baptist Convention, and was chosen as an Outstanding Elementary Teacher 1973, and Baylor Central Texas Distinguished Woman of the Year, 1996. She was named an honorary alumni of Truett Seminary and served alongside her husband at First Baptist Churches in Vivian, Louisiana, Sulphur Springs and Calvert, East Grand Baptist in Dallas, Columbus Avenue in Waco and Liberty Community Church near Milano.
Mrs. Bailey went home to be with the Lord Thursday evening, April 4, 2013, in the same home she was reared.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joe Weldon Bailey Sr. on April 9, 2003, grandson, Caleb Morgan, and her parents.
Surviving are sons: Roger Bailey and wife Donna of Driftwood and Dr. Joe W. Bailey Jr. and wife Angela of Woodway; daughters: Lou Beth Birdwell and husband Cash of Garland and Mary Jane Morgan and husband Bud of Waco; five grandchildren, Lauren Lucente and husband John of Orlando, Florida, Anthony Rogers of New Braunfels, Russ Birdwell and wife Michelle of Lewisville, Jennifer Franz and husband Tim of Wylie and Hannah Morgan of San Marcos; 10 great-grandchildren: Taylor, Ashley, Matt, Jacob, Nicholas, Kalee, Easton, Mallory, Madison, Ethan.
Pallbearers were David Mudd, Rick Doelitsch, George Weaver, Lee Carroll, Todd Butts and Bill Graham.
Memorials may be made to Liberty Community Church, 4856 FM 3242, Cameron, TX 76520; Joe Weldon, Marjorie Bailey & Caleb Morgan Endowed Scholarship, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, 900 College Street, Box 8433, Belton, TX 76513; Truett Honorary Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 97026, Waco, TX 76798-7050 or to Baylor Library Excellence Fund, P.O. Box 97026, Waco, TX 76798-7050.
The fami ly would like to express special thanks to Dr. John Meyers and nurse, Jean Thomas of Scott & White Hospital; Dorothy and Tommy Standard and staff of Standards Hospice; and to the loving caregivers Velia Garcia, Sharon Beaty and Maria Reyes.