Mary Ethel Hicks-Bailey

ALBANY -- Funeral service for the late Mrs. Mary Ethel Hicks-Bailey, 73, of Albany, who departed this life on October 18, 2012 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ann weathers at 631 Parkwood Ave., will be conducted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from Oakridge Baptist Church at 1708 West Oakridge Drive with the pastor, Rev. Richard J. Pogue, officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Memory Garden Cemetery.

The remains of Mrs. Bailey will lie in state at the church on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until the funeral hour. The family of Mrs. Bailey will receive friends and relatives at 1314 Avalon Ave. here in Albany.

She was born, Mary Ethel Hicks on December 8, 1938 in Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia to the late C. T. and Annie Lee Thomas Hicks. She attended elementary school in Mitchell County and graduated from Monroe High School of Albany in 1957.

Mary was united in holy matrimony to her high school sweetheart, Eugene "Boogene" Bailey on August 5, 1961. Her death ended their union of 51 years.

Her work history included a short span at Lilliston Manufacturing and 35 year at American Legion Post 512 and 30 years at Meadows Funeral Home. She retired from Meadows in April 2003 and from Post 512 in December 2003.

Mary loved to sing and had a voice through which God spoke. She enjoyed bowling in earlier years and belonged to a league for many years. She was an avid sports fan and watch baseball, football, and basketball whenever possible. Her life was full, rich, and happy. She loved people and loved cooking for family and friends. There are many in her immediate surroundings who weep today, for they have lost the best cook they ever had. She enjoyed her daily activities at ACTO Adult Daycare. Above all, she was a Christian woman, true to God's word and loyal to her church. She was a Christian whose light shone brightly and her light will linger long after her body is interred.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by a brother, George Hicks in May 2012. She was also preceded by two great granddaughters, Endya and Gya Weathers.

She leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted and loving husband, Eugene "Boogene" Bailey; two devoted daughters, Ann M. Weathers and Monica V. Bailey; two loving sisters, Willie Mae "Lucy" (Charles "Dap") Taylor of Atlanta, GA and Annie Doris "Dot" (Oscar) Jackson of Camilla, GA; a brother, Barry (Melan) Richardson; four sisters-in-law: Estella Hicks of Albany and Delores Day of Cleveland, OH, Juanita Bailey and Anne Bailey, both of Albany, GA; two brothers-in-law: Sherman "Bubba" Bailey of Cleveland, OH and Melvin "Tank" Archie of Albany; six grandchildren: Dr. Liza Newberry, E-4 Petty Officer Lucretia Mary Weathers, Vernon Weathers, II, Jacsha A. Bailey, Jannah A. Bailey, and Jamilha A. Washington; two great grandsons: Vernon "Trey" Weathers, III, and Joel "JoJo" Newberry; a godson Rev. Lorenzo Heard; a loyal caregiver, Jackie Poole; special cousin, Bettye D. Williams and Annie J. Ross, Miami, FLA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.

Meadows Funeral Home

Albany 229/439-2262