|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1898|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1976|
Known to her grandchildren as Memi. My husbands Maternal Grandmother. She and her husband provided many wonderful family memories for the grandchildren on their beautiful Missouri farm!
Mrs. Laura D. Bialey 77, died Saturday at Sale Memorial Hospital after a two week illness.
Born Dec 15, 1898, in McDonald County, she was a lifelong resident of this area.
THIS MEMORIAL WAS WRITTEN BY A NIECE, CORDA TAYLOR
Today we are honoring and reflecting upon the life of a vital and lovely human being. One who cared about others, one whose life was home centered and God centered. How much we shall miss her!
Laura Branick Bailey was born in MacDonald county, Missouri on December 15, 1898. She was the oldest daughter and the second child of Ed and Josephine Branick. Surviving are her husband, Wallace, and three daughters, Polly, of the home, Jean Marcucci, of Saratoga, CA, and Eddie Putman of Granby. The family's son and brother Bud passed away in 1966. Howard, Laura's oldest brother died in 1946. other survivors are Faye Arwood, her only sister of Tulsa, Oklahoma and two brothers, Keith Branick of Neosho and Maurice Branick of Tulsa.
Difficulties and sorrow were not strangers to this beloved one we honor here today. When she was only ten years old, she was called to the bedside of her mother who was dying. She was charged with caring for her brothers and a sister, a charge she never relinquished. Growing up motherless the young family fiercely supported each other, looking to their older sister as their mainstay. The little girl became a woman who of necessity had to grow up to fast.
Laura Bailey will best be remembered for her devotion to her family. As her family grew, her love stretched out to them all and today nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren complete her family circle. Each one was loved individually and enjoyed immensely.
During the growing up years Laura put to use her ability to laugh her way through hard times. She had a great sense of humor. anyone who tired matching wits with her would be bested, and even in her last illness she loved to poke gentle fun and provoke a smile from her visitors. Wallace will testify that his wife Laura certainly had a funny bone up her sleeve.
Wallace was an Arkansas boy and he and Laura spent the first few years of their married life in that state. They were one of those fortunate couples who lived to enjoy their 58th wedding anniversary.
Their four children were born "down south" only returning to Missouri and Newton county when Mr. Branick, her father, became seriously ill. After his death the family remained and became an integral part of the Elm Springs community. The Elm Springs Baptist Church was a center of much activity all of which the Baileys were a part of. They housed the visiting preachers, cleaned the church and taught in Sunday school. No Job was too large or too small. The family loved that little church which was disbanded when camp Crowder was built during World War II.
Today courage is often lacking in peoples lives. It wasn't lacking in Laura Bailey's life ever. She could do battle for others, she could endure all of the everyday hardships that accompany farm life and raising a family but it can be said with emphasis that she never struck a sail to fear.
She had a talent for nursing. If you didn't require surgery Laura could bind up your wounds. She also set a table that was delightful. You were always welcome at Laura's and she could always set another plate on the table. Usually you went home with a flower or something from her pantry or garden. As one of her daughters put it, "Mother had open house every Sunday and sometimes during the week!"
As her husband will confirm Laura's wifely heart was constant, her daughter know that her mothers heart was tender. To her brothers and sister, she gave life long devotion and to her grandchildren she was the center hub of the family.
In the long run, what better can be said of anyone than, "she served her family well and walked humbly with God?"
Yes, we shall miss her. But we will always have the gift of her life, her love, for example. For those of us h=who were encircled by her warmth and affection, we can strive to love each other better and carry out her theme of life.
"goodnight, sleep well, we say to her we loved, knowing full well that beyond the gentle night comes the glorious dawn"
Martin Edmond Branick (1877 - 1929)
Amanda Josephine Nutting Branick (1879 - 1909)
Thomas Wallace Bailey (1894 - 1980)
Lewis Howard Bailey (1920 - 1966)*
Juanita Jo Bailey Bell (1921 - 1996)*
Jean Bailey Marcucci (1923 - 2009)*
Edra Dean Bailey Putman (1925 - 2012)*
Howard S. Branick (1896 - 1946)*
Laura Dell Branick Bailey (1898 - 1976)
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Created by: Laurel Shimpfky Marcucci
Record added: Apr 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13844382