Monday, May 5th, 2014
Rita L. Dailey, 81, Wapakoneta, died at 8:30 a.m., on her birthday, May 2, 2014, at Auglaize Acres.
She was born May 2, 1933, in Wapakoneta, to Anthony T. and Marie (Archer) Drexler, who preceded her in death. On April 18, 1951, she married Perry Eugene "Gene" Dailey, who died July 14, 2010.
Survivors include 11 children, Perry A. (Sue) Dailey, Orland Park, Ill., James Dailey, Wapakoneta, Rick (Roxanne) Dailey and Donald (Sue) Dailey, all of Cridersville, Jerry (Helen) Dailey, Willard, Larry (Lisa) Dailey, St. Henry, Rose Martin, Lima, Linda (Richard) Morey, Dayton, Connie (Joey) Hillman, Kenton, Carol Dailey, Cridersville, and Tina (Melvin) Applin, Wapakoneta; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alfred (Mae) Drexler, Wapakoneta.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Dailey; three grandchildren, Joseph, Garrett and Aubrey; a sister, Helen Steinke; and brothers, Walter, Harold, Andy and Clyde.
A homemaker, she worked for 15 years as manager of the Wapa Theater. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and attended St. Joseph High School. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Daniel Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Auglaize Acres Memory Unit Entertainment Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.