Marlene G. Bailey

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | February 18, 2024

Marlene G. Bailey, 92, of Buena Vista, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024. She was born June 30, 1931 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late Catherine B. Gardner (nee McLean) and Carl E. Swanson. She was the wife of 58 years to the late John E. “Jack” Bailey, who passed away June 12, 2016. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Frank, a member of the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the Rebekah Order of the Odd Fellows. Marlene was an avid gardener and did a lot of her own canning over the years. She was a collector of antiques and antique bottles and amassed an extensive collection of all types of old bottles, many of which she dug out of the ground in different locales around the area. For many years she did volunteer work for the Central Food Pantry of Elizabeth Township, including a tenure as president. She also worked for the G.C. Murphy Co. in their home office in McKeesport in the 1950’s. She enjoyed traveling and shopping and spending time with friends. She was well-loved by friends and family and her kindness, generosity and good humor will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her son, Robert (the late Debra) Bailey of Pittsburgh and Granddaughter, Elizabeth Bailey (Andrew Gracey) of Pittsburgh. Friends will be received on Tuesday, February 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Township 412-751-5000 Drew J. Gilbert, director. Funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 12:00 pm with the Rev. John Reynolds, officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Central Food Pantry of Elizabeth Township, P.O. Box 47, Buena Vista, PA 15018 or The Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, 335 Styche St, Buena Vista, PA 15018. Condolences may be made at

Originally published February 18, 2024.

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