Mary Virginia Bailey, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at WakeMed in Raleigh, N.C.
Born April 22, 1930 in Parkersburg, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late John Anthony and Edith Katherine Silcott Overton. Mary graduated from Parkersburg High School where she was active in the Drama Club and Choir. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Gamma Gamma Chapter. Over the years, Mary worked at the W.Va. DOT, the Pleasants County Clerk's Office and the Colin Anderson Center. Mary married the late James Robert (Bob) Bailey on May 24, 1952 at Saint Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg, W.Va. Mary and Bob lived in Parkersburg, St. Marys and Belmont, W.Va. Mary and her family were members of Saint John's Catholic Church in St. Marys, W.Va.
She was known as "Grandma" and "The Candy Lady" to many children in Belmont, where she helped out at the local schools as someone the kids could talk to and receive unconditional love, encouragement and some "sweets" to make their day a little better. In recent years, she lived at the Universal Health Care nursing facility in Raleigh, N.C. until she left this world to be with the Lord and her loved ones who preceded her in death.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband; her parents; her sister, Margaret (Lawrence "Sunshine") Connelly of La Plata, Md.; and her in-laws, Stewart and Juanita Bailey of Parkersburg, W.Va. She is survived by her children, Cynthia (Jay) Zittle of Raleigh, N.C., John (Mary) Bailey of Raleigh, N.C. and Kathy McVey of Elizabeth, W.Va.; her six grandchildren, John Robert Zittle, Nikki, Natalie and Austin McVey and Sean and Danny Bailey; her two brothers, John (Judy) Overton Jr. of Ellicott City, Md. and James (Joan) Overton of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and many nieces, nephews, friends and people whose lives she touched.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, St. Marys, W.Va., with the Rev. Mark Zittle officiating. Interment will be in the St. Marys IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, W.Va., where a Vigil Service will be held at 8 p.m.
An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com