Mary Bailey “Tootsie” Smith, 76, of Wendell, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Wake Forest, the daughter of the late Rueben and Elva Bailey. Tootsie worked as a bookkeeper for Howard Perry & Walston Realty for many years, and for Twin Specialties in her later years.
Tootsie is survived by her daughter, Terry LaClaire Blackburn and husband, David, of Wendell; grandson, Kamal Ali Mansour II and wife, Jenny; brothers, Newman “Bill” Bailey and wife, Suzanne; R.T. “Buck” Bailey and wife, Erlene; and Joel Bailey and wife, Lisa; sister, Ruth Martin and husband, Jerry; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Daphene Page.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, at 4 p.m. at Stony Hill Baptist Church, 7521 Stony Hill Road in Wake Forest. Visitation will immediately follow the service. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stony Hill Helping Hands, 7521 Stony Hill Road, Wake Forest, N.C. 27587 or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, N.C. 27607. Online condolences may be made at brightfunerals.com.
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