Dorothy “Irene” Curlis Bailey, 87, of Solomons died June 6, 2012, at Asbury-Solomons.
Born Sept. 9, 1924, in Cherryvale, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Frank Howard Curlis and Leona May (Oden) Curlis.
She was married to Joseph C. Bailey for 48 years. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1991. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Neva Cantrell.
She is survived by her children, Linda Martin (John) and Irene Parrish (Len); four grandchildren, Holly Snyder, Gene Graves, Patrick Donovan and Bill Martin; five great-grandchildren, Dustin Duke, Kelsey Duke, Miranda Donovan, Jack Donovan and Ethan Snyder; and a sister, Daryle Knight of Oklahoma City.
She was a civil servant in Washington, D.C., and then at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, retiring in 1968. In addition, she was an employee of Dr. Handy Eye Care and attorneys John Rue and then John Pleisse.
She and her husband were charter members of the Lexington Park Baptist Church and Leonardtown Baptist Church, enjoying many years teaching young children and challenging them to use their Bibles and learn about the love of the Lord. She was an active member of the Baptist’s Women’s Mission Organization. She enjoyed many hobbies. She was a competitive bowler, enthusiastic crabber and fisherman and passionate reader and crocheter. In later years she was a member of the Ridge Lions Club.
She was a wonderful wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was the heart of the family with her unique sense of humor. In her later years, she was comforted by the excellent care and fellowship received from the staff at Asbury’s.
The family will receive friends June 11 at 10 a.m., with a funeral service following at 11 a.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf.
Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Benevolence, 11450 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688.