Miriam Virginia <I>Ritter</I> Bailey

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Miriam Virginia Ritter Bailey

  • Birth 20 Nov 1915 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 7 Jun 2012 Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section A
  • Memorial ID 96284745

Miriam Virginia Ritter was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late George H. and Ethel M. (Weitherhold) Ritter. On November 20, 1937 she married Chaplain Irwin C. Bailey, Jr. with whom she shared 36 years of marriage until his death on March 1, 1974.

Miriam attended Southern Jr. High School and Reading Sr. High School. Miriam served as Dean of the Central Penn United Methodist School of Mission and was also a Lay Speaker to lead worship and preach.

Miriam was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She was a life-long member of the church and its predecessor (The Evangelical United Brethren Church). In 1984, Miriam was a Central Penn United Methodist Women officer, and in 1988 was chairperson of Christian Personhood. In 1973, she served as president of the United Methodist Homes Auxiliary and led the effort to get a minivan with a motorized lift and ramp for wheelchair residents, which also served as a medical unit.

In 1990, she served on the Central Penn Conference Board of Trustees and on the Williamsport District Task Force which succeeded in securing a district parsonage and office. She also served on the Board of Managers for Central Oak Heights Campground, was a member of the Governing Board of Meals on Wheels in the Lewisburg Council of Churches, and was in Church Women United.

Miriam was a member of the District Council on Ministries and District Mission secretary. She served on the Board of Missions, the Loan Committee, the Board of Health and Welfare Committee on Education and on the Task Force with Persons of Handicapping Conditions.

She was an avid reader and liked antiquing furniture.

She leaves behind one daughter, Rev. Kathryn B. Moore, of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church; an “adopted” daughter, Mary Ann “Cookie” Spaeth; one son-in-law, Clifford Frelix Sr.; one nephew, Barry Lee Ritter; three grandsons, Ernie Moore Jr., Lee Frelix and Christopher Frelix; and four step-grandchildren, Clifford Frelix Jr., Mark Frelix, Scott Frelix and Denise Frelix.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one daughter, Elisabeth Ann Frelix, and one brother, George W. Ritter.

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  • Created by: Patricia Mullen
  • Added: 30 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96284745
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Miriam Virginia Ritter Bailey (20 Nov 1915–7 Jun 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96284745, citing Mount Rose Cemetery, York, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Patricia Mullen (contributor 47585280) .