Bailey nee Carter, Mary "Carlyss"

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May beg made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.


Mary Carlyss Bailey, known to most as Carlyss, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on January 6, 2019, having reached the age of ninety years, nine months and twenty-seven days. Carlyss was born in St. Clair on March 9, 1928, daughter of John William Carter and Anna Carter nee Arnold. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have five children. In 1969 she began sharing her life with her life companion, Henry Lenger.

Carlyss is survived by her sons, Danny Bailey and wife, Diane, of Union, MO and John Bailey and wife, Sarah, of Washington, MO; by one daughter, Rhonda Ritter of Union; by seven grandchildren, Shannon Bailey and boyfriend, Rich Carr, of Union, Amanda Reagan and husband, Aaron, of Washington, Dennis James Bailey, known to all as D.J., and wife, Ashley, of Washington, Shawnna Monroe and husband, Josh, of Washington, Michael Daffron of Union, Debbie Nugent of Paragould, AR and Tina Layson and husband, Kurt, of Jefferson City, MO; by sixteen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Carlyss was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Carter; by her life companion, Henry Lenger; by two daughters, Diana Nugent and Roxanna Bailey; by two grandchildren, Daniel E. Bailey and Kevin W. Bailey; by four brothers, James, Claude, Forrest and Clyde Carter, and by three sisters, Minnie Evans, Mattie Huff and Ossie Huff.

Carlyss was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was employed by Deb Shoe Company in St. Clair, MO. She had a passion for caring for people and went on to work as a nurses' aide at St. Francis Hospital, now known as Mercy Hospital Washington, retiring after seventeen years. Carlyss loved to sing and play music on her guitar. Going to music jams was a favorite hobby. She also enjoyed making jewelry and traveling. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will never be forgotten.

A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Gary Daud officiating. Interment was in Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.