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Mary Frances Hailey May 21, 1943 - May 18, 2023

Born: Friday May 21, 1943

Died: Thursday May 18, 2023

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Mary Frances Hailey, 79, of Eden passed away Thursday, May 18, 2023 at UNC Health Rockingham.

A graveside service will be held at 11am Friday, May 26, 2023, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Reidsville, NC. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10-11am, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Mary was born May 21, 1943, in Draper, NC, to the late Joseph Jackson Hailey and Bonnie Mae Wilson Hailey. She was a lifelong member of Draper United Methodist Church. Mary received her master’s degree in education from Appalachian State University and worked as a teacher at Holmes Middle School until her retirement. Mary loved to read and enjoyed her calling of educating children.

Surviving are her daughter, Diana “Christy” Sweatt of the home; special cousins, Mignon Moore of Mooresville, Karen Cochran, Bill Wilson, and Melanie McDaniel, all of Eden.

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She was the best! I remember her as caring and happy to be a teacher. Prayers of comfort for your family. 

Michele (Walker) Reynolds

I had the privilege of knowing Mary Frances from first through twelth grade.  We both were from Draper and enjoyed our youth there.  She was always a happy person with a smile on here face, and I never heard a mean comment about anyone.  She was sweet and humble with a true servant's heart.  I talked with her a few times over the last 10 or 15 years about coming to our class reunion, but I was neverv siuccessful in getting her to attend any of the reunions.  I can only offer my deepest sympathies to her family and my prayers that God will bring you comfort during this difficult time.  May God bless you all.

Butch Carpenter
This is such sad news.My heart is breaking for her family. Frances spent her life educating children and there is not a more noble calling. She will be remembered, loved and missed by so many whose lives she changed.
Linda Bryant Smith

I am very sorry to hear of Mary Frances passing.  I first knew her in elementary school and as a playmate while I lived those early years in Draper.  She was a kind, sweet person.  

My condolences to her family and friends.


Carol Marlowe Gwynn

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mary Frances. She and I were schoolmates from first grade at Draper Elementary throughout high school graduation from Moread High School in 1961. I remember her as a kind, very intelligent person. May she rest in peace with our Lord in heaven.

Carol Marlowe Gwynn

Christy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful mother, she was such a special Lady. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

Jana Harvey Williams

So sorry for your lost. Mary France was a sweet lady always. May Gods peace and comfort you. 

Carol Beasley

I'm sending my condolences to Christy and your family. I worked with Ms. Hailey at HMS.

Roberta Nickelson

Roberta Nickelson

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