Frank M. Bailey & Mary Bailey

Frank M. Bailey & Mary Bailey

Rose Hill Cemetery Tour 2007

Frank M. Bailey & Mary Bailey

Frank M. Bailey, 1876-1958 & Mary Bailey 1909-2006


Frank M. Bailey

Judge Frank Bailey was born in Mississippi on Sept. 27, 1876 and came to Chickasha in 1901. He and his wife Hope Hewett Bailey had five children. He served as the first district judge of the 15th Judicial District from 1907-15 and was on the Supreme Court from 1919-21. Since 1921, Judge Bailey was a member of the Bailey-Hammerly law firm. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church since 1901 and also was involved in many community organizations. Judge Bailey served on the first board of regents of Oklahoma College for Women (USAO) and was a member of the board of trustees at Oklahoma City University (OCU) and Southern Methodist University (SMU). He died in 1958 at the age of 82 following a heart attack.


Mary Bailey

Mary Hewett Bailey, one of five children born to Judge Frank M. and Hope Hewett Bailey and a lifetime resident of Chickasha, was born on May 23, 1909. She was graduated from Chickasha High School in 1926. After teaching two years in Anadarko, she began teaching history in her hometown in September of 1933. She maintained a great fondness for her many students from 42 years of being in the classroom, and she continued to enjoy visiting with them and hearing about their lives and families. CHS class reunions were always a highlight for her, and in 1970, the State Fair of Oklahoma named her ‘Teacher of the Year’. Ms. Bailey earned a BA degree in history and government at the OU, and received a degree in English and mathematics at OCW in Chickasha, now U.S.A.O. She earned a Master’s Degree in history at OU, publishing a thesis on the history of Grady County. She was a member of the Epworth UM Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, AAUW, DAR, OEA, Grady County and OK Historical Societies, and served on many civic organizations. She was instrumental in organizing the Girl Scouts of America in Chickasha. She died on April 2, 2006, in Chickasha.

(photographer: Jeremy Macy)