Mary Lou Brodie
WAYNESVILLE — Mary Lou Bailey Brodie of Junaluska Oaks passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, 2013.
Mrs. Brodie was born in Canton and had resided most of her life in Haywood County. She was the daughter of the late Dewey L. Bailey and the late Willie Ethel Tippett Bailey. Lou was a member of the Canton High School graduating class of 1941 where she formed many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. She was a strong and determined young woman and during World War II she was employed as a welder at Champion Paper & Fibre Company. She later continued her education at Watts Hospital in Durham in the medical assistant training program and in 1950 she returned to her hometown and began her nursing medical career with Dr. J.R. Westmoreland in the Canton Medical Building. Throughout her life, she touched many people with her caring and kindness and her special way of making her patients feel at ease. Mrs. Brodie had a devoted career in nursing and she had been employed by Dr. Jack Dickerson, Dr. Virgil Messer, Dr. Ralph Feichter and Dr. Craig Linger. In 1991 she made the decision to begin her retirement, but after persuasion from her “family of physicians” she continued to work part time for several more years. She attended Clyde Central United Methodist Church, and her faith was an important part of her life. Lou was a talented crochet artisan, and her beautiful handmade afghans were admired by everyone. She loved her family deeply and they will each treasure their blessed memories shared with her. Lou will forever be remembered for her delightful humor, her love of life and her caring and loving heart. When we remember Mary Lou Bailey Brodie — we smile. She would like that!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen D. Mooney, who passed away in 2008, and her brother, Dewey Lee Bailey, Jr., who passed in 1977.
Surviving are her husband, Kenneth G. Brodie of Waynesville; a son, Collin Holcombe and his wife, Cindy Holcombe of Rutherfordton; her daughter-in-law, Jeanelle Layman Mooney of Orange Park, Florida; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her step-children, Mary B. Burns of Manassas, Virginia, Patricia Ann Bailey of Richmond, Virginia and Kenneth R. Brody of Hendersonville; a niece, Donna Bailey Haynes of Fletcher and Lou’s beloved dogs, Maggie and Jack.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home with the Revs. Dan Gaddy and Jim Hart officiating. A reception and receiving of friends will be held following the service. Entombment will be in The Horizon at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.
Memorials may be made in Mrs. Brodie’s memory to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, PO Box 931, Waynesville, NC 28786 or Clyde Central United Methodist Church, 410 Charles St., Clyde 28721.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Brodie family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.