DEATH: ALICE MORREY BAILEY

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 1997 12:00 a.m. MST

Alice Morrey Bailey, 93, died 20 Feb. 1997 at LDS Hospital.

Born 21 Aug 1903 in Joseph, Utah, to Laura Rawlinson and JohnFerney Morrey. Married Ralph DeWitt Bailey, 4 Jan 1925; solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He died in 1972.

She was a multi-talented artist: prolific writer, musician and sculptor, winning hundreds of awards for sculpture and thousands of literary awards. Her book, "Rain Shadows", published last year has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She received the University of Utah Alumni Association Merit of Honor in 1992. She was an honored lifetime member of: League of Utah Writers (last charter member), Associated Utah Artists, South Central Kentucky Historical Society, and Association for Mormon Letters. Also a member of Utah State Poetry Society, National League of American Pen Women, the Poetry societies of many other states, National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and The Laureates.

Always an active member of the LDS Church, her first and last activities were organist. She served on stake boards, as Young Women's president, Primary president and class leader. She wrote for all the church publications, often at the request of editors. She supported and encouraged many who served missions.

She was a working mother, first as a nurse trained in a Relief Society nursing program, and last as research report coordinator at the U of U, until she retired in 1968. She never retired from the arts and did not allow near blindness, cancer, broken bones, or pain, to diminish the quality or pace of her work.

She is survived by children, Nykki Elise Collins, of Seattle; Donald and Mildred Bailey, of Rexburg, currently in Lima, Peru serving a mission; and Judith McAffee, of San Pedro and Salt Lake; 14 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, plus the 17 "in-law children", (whom she counted as her own). Also survived by her sisters, Revo Young, Richfield; and Macel Anderson, Oak City; many loving nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends and colleagues. Preceded in death by siblings, Harold, Grant, Eldon, Rachel and Vetris.

Funeral services Monday, 24 Feb 1997, 11 a.m. at Whittier Ward, 1501 South 2nd East (Kensington Ave). Friends may call Sunday evening 6-8 p.m. at Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, and Monday one hour prior to services at the church. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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