DOUGHERTY — Funeral services for Mary Dee Etta Bailey will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Dougherty Baptist Church with Pastor Alan McCoy officiating. Interment will follow in the Dougherty Cemetery.
Dee Etta was born on Jan. 29, 1933, in Dougherty, to the late Clyde Walton and Mary Maurice (George) Wallace. She died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Davis, at the age of 80 years and 3 months. Dee Etta and Lawerence Wayne Bailey were married on July 2, 1948, in Alvin, Texas.
Dee Etta spent the first few years of her life in Dougherty, where she attended elementary school, prior to her family moving to Washington State. They later moved to Melrose, N.M., before making their home in the Houston area. Dee Etta was a very hard working lady who loved to have fun. She was very much the life of the party. She and Lawerence owned and operated Bailey Brothers Wrecker & Service Center in South Houston for many years. No matter what endeavor either one of them started, they did it together. Dee Etta loved gardening and landscaping. While living in Normangee, Texas, they had commercial green houses and truck patch gardens where they raised plants and vegetables and sold to the public and area grocery stores. She was the type of person that could "plant a toothpick and grow a tree." She and Lawerence always had a beautiful yard that they maintained with hours of daily care.
In their earlier married life, Lawerence hunted and fished all over the world, and Dee Etta was right there by his side, sometimes (often times) out fishing or hunting him. They also hunted arrowheads all over North America and had a very prestigious collection of them. She and Lawerence were avid Black-Jack players and participated in invitational tournaments across the U.S. Dee Etta was a diehard Willie Nelson fan. She loved listening to his music and attended his concerts as often as she could. She was even fortunate enough to perform live on stage with Willie, until she was politely escorted off stage by his security guards.
Dee Etta will be greatly missed by her family.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 64 plus years, Lawerence; one daughter, Kaye (Bailey) Parisi and husband, Steve of Wimberley, Texas; one son, Larry Bailey Jr. and wife, Barbara of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandchildren, Corry Bailey and Dory Parisi; two great-grandchildren, Jiovinni Christopher Bailey and Emily Parisi; sister, Susan May of Huntsville, Texas; brother, Bryce Wallace of Baytown, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews, including locally, Judy Hale and husband, Glenn "Diddle", Rhett Hale and wife, Becky, Brandy Claxton and husband, Keith, Hannah and Tanner Claxton and John Rheed Hale, all of Dougherty, and Bree Roady and husband, Justin of Davis.
Dee Etta was preceded in death by her grandparents, R.L. and Mary George; parents; brother, Stanley W. Wallace; and sister, Alice M. White of Dougherty.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 this evening at the funeral home.
On line condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.
Services are "Entrusted To" Hale's Funeral Home of Davis, Okla.