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Mary Elodee Chance Bailey Reid

Mary Elodee Chance Bailey Reid
Mary Elodee “Dee Dee” Chance Bailey Reid, age 93, made her entrance into heaven at 9:53 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at Avenir Memory Care in Knoxville, TN.
Dee was born in Leoma, TN and moved to Johnson City, TN to raise her family, then moved to Columbia, TN after her first husband passed away. She spent the last nine years of her life in independent living, assisted living, and memory care facilities.She spent her last two years in Knoxville Memory Care to be closer to her children. Dee was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, and later Tacoma Church of God in Johnson City. After moving to Columbia, she joined Pleasant Heights Baptist Church.
Dee loved the Lord, and even though her memory was slowly leaving her, she never forgot her Savior and His love for her. She was often seen with her arms lifted, praising and thanking God for all of her blessings. The Gaithers gospel group sustained her daily as she listened and sometimes sang along with many of their songs. She was an avid seamstress, crafter, and T-shirt quilter, constantly providing handmade gifts for many of her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands: Leonard Lee Bailey and Tom Reid; parents: Martin Elbert Chance and Lillie Belle McAfee Chance; sisters: Glenda and Amelia Chance; and brothers: Doyle, Willie, Ford, and Kenneth Chance.
Survivors include her two children: Faye (Danny) Green and Keith (Alisa) Bailey; four grandchildren: Aaron (Laura Lynn) Green, Leah (Brad) Mizer, Alexandra (Michael) Payne, and Kelsey Bailey; five great-grandchildren: Kannon and Kutler Green, Raleigh and Dayton Mizer, and Andie Payne; three siblings: Bobby Chance, Jimmy Chance, and Kay Chance Hill; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mary Elodee Chance Bailey Reid will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Williams Funeral Home, 2517 Trotwood Avenue, Columbia on Wednesday, May 17, with former pastor Bob Vassar officiating. Receiving of friends will be held prior to the service, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at Monta Vista Cemetery, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City with Jodie Ihfe, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church of Johnson City or the Alzheimers Association online.

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