-Mary Alice (Schisler) Bailey, 92, of Portsmouth, Ohio, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 in her home. She was born September 12, 1928 to the late Leslie and Garnet (McCarty) Schisler. Mary met her husband, Jack at the University of Kentucky and enjoyed sixty-seven years of marriage. Mary Alice was a life-long educator and taught in the North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio school systems and served as a career education coordinator for twenty-five years in Scioto County, Ohio. Mary Alice was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. She volunteered in many organizations including meals on wheels, Samaritan’s purse, and reading instruction at Holy Redeemer Elementary. She enjoyed participation in local tennis leagues, playing bridge, and following University of Kentucky sports. The greatest joy in Mary and Jack’s life was devotion to grandchildren and witnessing their accomplishments.
Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband Jack Bailey on January 21, 2019, her siblings Dick Schisler, Jacqueline Zeune, and David Schisler.
Mary Alice is survived by daughter Lesley Jones (Joe) of Portsmouth, sons Mark Bailey of Nashville, Tennessee, and Andy Bailey (Molly) of Dublin, Ohio, and grandchildren, Aaron Jones, Jack Bailey, Elizabeth Bailey, and Hannah Bailey, and many nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Holy Redeemer Church with Rev. Joseph Yokum officiating. Melcher Hammer Funeral Home will assist the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 1325 Gallia St, Portsmouth, OH, SOMC Hospice Center 2203 25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Middle Tennessee 105 W. Park Drive, Brentwood, TN, 37027, and Animal Welfare League P.O. Box 1012, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.
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