Meadville Tribune

April 28, 2013

Martha Belle Bailey

Meadville Tribune

CONNEAUTVILLE — Martha B. Davison Grinnell Bailey, 92, formerly of Pinetree Road, Meadville, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Rolling Fields, Conneautville. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1920, in Sandy Creek Township, the daughter of Frank M. and Donna C. Free Davison.

Martha first married James A. Grinnell on Sept. 14, 1940; James passed Dec. 24, 1968. Martha subsequently married Wilford A. Bailey on June 12, 1976; Wilford passed Jan. 11, 2000.

Martha attended the Sheakleyville schools and worked at Dr. Marshall’s Hospital, was a nurse’s aide at the Crawford County Home and was a caregiver for Gail Lyndon. 

She attended Faith Geneva United Methodist Church and enjoyed bingo, reading, puzzles and gardening. Martha was especially fond of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving Martha are two daughters, Linda J. and her husband, James D., Ball of Geneva, and Brenda S. Bailey of Meadville; a son, Gordon L. and his wife, Ann, Bailey of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Yvonne and her husband, John, Longstreth, Trent Ball, Valerie and her husband, John, Turner, David and his wife, Jennifer, Ball, Brian Bailey, Stephen Bailey, John Bailey, and Kathy and her husband, Russ, Smith; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving Martha are two sisters, Mary L. Thomas of Greenville and Lillian Ekholm of Jefferson, Ohio; a brother, John and his wife, Gloria, Davison, of Sheakleyville; and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceding Martha in death were her parents; her spouses; two infant children; a sister, Edna Pears; two brothers, Frank Davison and Harold Davison; three sons, Daniel Bailey, Arnold Bailey and Fred Bailey; and two grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Dickson Funeral Home, 130 N. Second St., Conneaut Lake, where a funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Christine Rogan officiating.

Interment will be made in Roselawn.

Memorials may be made to Faith Geneva United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Crawford County.

Mrs. Bailey’s funeral arrangements are in the care of Dickson Funeral Home and Crematory, 130 N. Second St., Conneaut Lake.

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