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Mereda Maxine Bailey, 95, of Big Rapids

Mereda Maxine Bailey, 95, of Big Rapids, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

She was born April 2, 1926, the daughter of Lawrence and Matilda (King) Hamilton, and lived most of her life in Traverse City.  Mereda was an avid bingo player, and also enjoyed knitting, her flower gardens, and traveling.

On June 20, 1947, Mereda married Robert L. Bailey, who preceded her in death on June 4, 2001.   She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Donald) Chilson, and Nancy (Randy) Stephan; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; and her sister Delores Halvorsen.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022, at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens in Traverse City, where Mereda will be laid to rest next to her husband.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Our Brothers Keeper, 405 S. Third Ave., Big Rapids, MI  49307.  Care and arrangements are entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids.  Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

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