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Martha E. Punscak Bailey

February 22, 1924 — July 15, 2023

Our beautiful mother, Martha E. (Punscak) Bailey was called home on July 15 after a short hospice rest at her daughters’ house in Cortland. She was surrounded by loving family members and very caring hospice nurses, aids, social workers, and volunteers along with attentive fur babies.

Despite being 99 years old, she liked to remind everyone that her spunk and sense of humor were intact. Before she moved in with her daughter, Martha lived in an independent apartment at the big house at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland. She met many wonderful people there and enjoyed the communal dining and playing bridge every week. She also loved the church services held there on Wednesdays and all the wonderful musical programs they had. She was also a member of Howland United Methodist Church.

Prior to Shepherd, Martha lived in a condo at Northwoods Ct where she was a voracious reader, devouring at least 4-5 books a week. She also cooked and baked up a storm “just in case”. She loved to golf, playing 3 times a week along with bowling on a church league. When her son, Scott, was young, Martha volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and volunteered at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in the gift shop.

Later in life, Martha decided to join the retail life starting out at the Pewter Tree and then moving on to the Mole Hole inside the Eastwood Mall under the tutelage of Jean Cook. Mom truly loved her jobs and became lifelong friends with her employers/employees.

Martha is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe Bailey; her two sisters Betty “Lee” Bailey (Steve) and Irene O’leski (Ray); and two brothers Albert Punscak (Jolene) and John Punscak (Elizabeth).

Mom is survived by 7 adoring grandchildren; Ursula Lawrence (Ryan) of Howland, David Bailey Ulam of Howland, Daniel Bailey (Julie) of Nashville, Robert Bailey of San Francisco, Scott Bailey of Florida, Nickie Bailey (Will) of Orwell, and Mike Bailey (Barb) of Florida. Mom is also survived by her 2 favorite great granddaughters Taylor and Ryley Lawrence of Howland. They talked her into doing many strange things and she loved watching them both play sports and her wheelchair rides were epic. Lastly, Martha is survived by her 3 loving children; Dan Bailey of Punta Gorda, Florida, R. Scott Bailey (Barbara) of San Jose, California, and Bonnie Bailey Ulam with whom she resided at 230 Sanctuary Dr. in Cortland.

Mom was a remarkable woman in so many ways and her golden commandment to her children was to please stay close after she’s gone. Don’t worry mom, we promise we will. Until we meet again, you are so loved, and we thank you for a lifetime of awesome memories.

A memorial service will be held in the near future. The family is in the care of Lane Funeral Home, Roberts-Clark Chapel. Online condolences can be made at

The family prefers that those who wish to make contributions in her name to Canine Companions, Northern Ohio Volunteer Chapter, C/O Treasurer John Philips, 5913 St Rt 7, Kinsman, OH 44428 (please write Martha Bailey – Dog Fest in memo line) Or donations can be made directly through this link:

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