Sis­ter Mary Rosina Bayliss

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BAL­TI­MORE, MD- Sis­ter Mary Rosina Bayliss, SMS, died on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, 2018 at Stel­laMaris Hospice fol­low­ing a sud­den ill­ness. She­was a Sis­ter ofMercy, hav­ing en­tered the novi­tiate in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land on Septem­ber 8, 1954.

Born onMarch 28, 1936, in Kulp­mont, Penn­syl­va­nia, Vir­ginia Theresa Bayliss was the daugh­ter of John and Ju­lia (Con­cav­age) Bayliss. She grew up in Bal­ti­more, at­tend­ing St. Alphonsus El­e­men­tary School and grad­u­at­ing from Seton High School in 1953. She at­tend­edMount St. Agnes Col­lege for one year be­fore en­ter­ing the Sis­ters ofMercy.

Sis­ter Rosina earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Chem­istry- Math-Ed­u­ca­tion from Mount St. Agnes Col­lege an­daMaster’s de­gree in Chem­istry-Physics fromClark­son In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Pots­dam, New York. Dur­ing the­many places Sis­ter served, she took cour­ses to be cer­ti­fied as a para-le­gal, teacher of sci­ences, math, re­li­gion, and ad­min­is­tra­tion in Alabama, Ge­or­gia, Mary­land, New York, Vir­ginia, and Wash­ing­ton, DC. Her teach­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion ca­reer took her first toWash­ing­ton, DC, then to Sa­van­nah, the Bronx, Ma­con, Bal­ti­more, Mo­bile, Roanoke, and back to Ma­con­where she re­tired in June, 2002. She of­ten said she was truly grate­ful for those ex­pe­ri­ences as she learned so much fromthe dif­fer­ent school sys­tems and cul­tures.

Un­der her lead­er­ship at Mount de Sales, Sheri­dan Hall and Cava­lier Fields (her “Field of Dreams”) were built and Zu­ver Hall was be­gun. She had great suc­cess in raising the cap­i­tal needed. Many new aca­demic pro­grams were be­gun and oth­ers strength­ened.

Af­ter re­tir­ing, Sis­ter’s ex­pe­ri­ence was drawn upon fre­quently. She re­mained ac­tive in the Ge­or­gia In­de­pen­dent School As­so­ci­a­tion (GISA) by chair­ing an ad hoc com­mit­tee on the con­fer­ence; serv­ing on sev­eral eval­u­a­tion teams for GISA schools and serv­ing as trea­surer of the Loveday Foun­da­tion which as­sists GISA schools with grants. She served on the school Board of Our Lady ofMer­cyHigh School in Fair­burn, Ga.

Sis­ter also served as a Di­rec­tor on the Board of the Ma­con Sym­phony Orches­tra. As a Di­rec­tor she served on these com­mit­tees: fi­nance, sev­eral fund-raising, ex­ec­u­tive, steer­ing (strate­gic plan­ning), grant, By­laws re­vi­sion, Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dures, and the search for a newCEO.

Serv­ing on theGood­will In­dus­tries ofMid­dle Ge­or­gia’s Board of Di­rec­tors, Sis­ter served as cap­i­tal cam­paign chair, strate­gic plan­ning chair, vice- chair/ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, and as Chair of the Board. She was very devoted to the­mis­sion of Good­will and spoke of­ten in sup­port of itsmin­istry. She be­came the unof­fi­cial “pray- er” as its var­i­ous events. When the Good­willWorks Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in 2008, Sis­ter was a char­ter­mem­ber. Dur­ing her decade of ser­vice and lead­er­ship at Good­will, Helms Col­lege was launched as the first li­censed, ac­cred­ited post­sec­ondary de­gree grant­ing col­lege in the­world af­fil­i­ated with the 160 au­ton­o­mous Good­will 501c3 char­i­ties in the United States.

She was well-known for her­many desserts which she shared with all her friends.

Sis­terMary Rosina was very ac­tive at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in­Ma­con. She of­ten lead Com­mu­nion Ser­vices when Fa­ther was not avail­able and loved do­ing this, es­pe­cially giv­ing the re­flec­tion.

Over the years, Sis­terMary Rosina had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and know­many fa­mous peo­ple. Among them are John F. Kennedy and Jackie; Sis­ter Thea Bow­man and Sis­ter Joyce Rupp. But she al­ways felt her con­tact with those she served was­most im­por­tant. With all her awards both­Na­tional and Lo­cal, she­wanted to be re­mem­bered as the daugh­ter of Cather­ineMcAu­ley…. A com­pas­sion­ate Sis­ter ofMercy.

After­mov­ing fromMa­con in 2013, Sis­ter resided in­New Jersey. She faced sev­eral health is­sues there be­fore mov­ing toMercy Villa in Bal­ti­more in 2015. Liv­ing at the Villawas pure joy for her where she re­con­nected with the­many Sis­ters she had known for 60+ years as well as mak­ing new friends.

Sis­terMary Rosina was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, John and Ju­lia Bayliss, her sis­ter, Bernar­dine Bayliss Schultheis and a nephew, CraigM. Schultheis. She leaves be­hind her very dear and clos­est friend of nearly 47 years, Sis­ter Ger­al­dyne Yerg, O.P., with­whomshe shared over 40 years jour­ney­ing to­gether in­min­istry and in life; a nephew, Charles J. Schultheis (Cori), a niece, Char­lene Dougherty, sev­eral grand­nieces and grand­nephews, Sis­ters of Mercy, and­many, many friends.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­ri­als may be­made toGood­will In­dus­tries ofMid­dle Ge­or­gia, 5171 Eisen­hower Park­way, Ma­conGA 31206 or on­line at www.good­willworks.org/ do­nate ; or Sis­ters ofMercy, 101Mercy Drive, Bel­mont, NC 28012.

Therewill beawake on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 13th from 2- 6 PMwith­awake ser­vice at 3 PMat Ruck Fu­neral Home in Bal­ti­more, MD and a Fu­neral Mass at Stel­laMaris in­Ti­mo­nium, MDon Fri­day De­cem­ber 14th at 10:00 AM. Burial will fol­low atWood­lawn Ceme­tery.

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