Rosemary Wright Bailey, 91, of Oak Park, died on Dec. 9, 2014 at West Suburban Hospital with two of her daughters by her side. Born at this same hospital on July 19, 1923, she grew up in Oak Park and lived most of her life here. She attended St. Edmund School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Dominican University (then known as Rosary College) in River Forest. She had been a resident of Brookdale Plaza (formerly Holley Court Terrace) since 2009 where she was friends with many and thoroughly enjoyed being an active part of the community.
A believer in "the Oak Park mission," she served on the Oak Park Recreation Board, was an elected commissioner of the Park District board and was instrumental in facilitating the donation of Cheney Mansion to the park district. A longtime volunteer at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, she was a member of the League of Women Voters for more than 50 years, and worked as a volunteer at St. Edmund School while her children were attending the school. She also volunteered at the Economy Shop in Oak Park and was active with the OP-RF Day Nursery Board. An ardent supporter of the arts, she was a season ticket holder of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a member of the Art Institute of Chicago. She served as an election judge in Oak Park for many years and belonged to a monthly book club in Oak Park for over 20 years.
Rosemary Bailey is survived by her six children, Rosanne Bailey, Richard F. Bailey, Barbara (Michael) Walsh, Susan Bailey, Stephen Bailey, and Patricia (Robert) Houston; and her 12 grandchildren, Christopher and Patrick Walsh, Nicholas and Casey Dallas, Patrick and Sean Folliard, Cassidy, Jeremy, and Cade Bailey, Blake Jannett, and Jack and Charlie Houston.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass, 11 a.m., at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave. Private interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Edmund School are appreciated.
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