Revised on: 06.20.2018 at 03:19 p.m.
Posted on: 06.20.2018 at 03:18 p.m.
Myrtle Edna Bailey Lasley died peacefully at age 97, Monday, June 18, 2018 in The Stewart Health Center at The Cypress in Charlotte. The daughter of the late Elizabeth Edna Smith Bailey and Clare Russell Bailey, she was born Nov. 20, 1920 and grew up in Chadbourn. She was predeceased by her husband, James B. (Jim) Lasley.
In addition to her husband, Myrtle Edna was predeceased by her sister, Virginia Bailey Harris; her brother, Howard C. Bailey; and her daughter-in-law, Carol Lasley.
Myrtle Edna graduated from Chadbourn High School in 1937 and Meredith College in 1941. At Meredith she met Jim Lasley, the superintendent of buildings and grounds, who had recently graduated from NC State. They married on September 20, 1941 and enjoyed 69 years together. They lived in Wilmington, NC where their three children were born. During World War II, Myrtle Edna served as a volunteer with the First Fighter Command Auxiliary Aircraft Warning Service. In May 1947, they moved to Lancaster, SC and lived there for the next fifty-two years before moving to The Cypress retirement community in Charlotte.
Myrtle Edna was a devoted wife and mother, well-known for excellence as a cook, seamstress, housekeeper and hostess. When Jansen reached school age she learned to drive so she could transport her children six miles to city schools.
Even though she didn’t sew when they married, Jim gave Myrtle Edna a Singer sewing machine. With help from her mother, she learned to make baby clothes. She continued developing her skills and became an expert seamstress, tailoring most of the clothing for her family, including Justina’s wedding gown as well as elaborately smocked dresses for her granddaughters. Jim often said that the machine was the best investment he ever made.
She and Jim were active members of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster for more than 50 years. After moving to Charlotte, they remained members at First Methodist and joined Providence United Methodist Church as affiliate members.
Myrtle Edna was a dedicated volunteer, contributing her time and energy to the betterment of the community and to the aid and comfort of those in need. After her family, her priority was her church. In Lancaster, Myrtle Edna represented her church as a delegate to the South Carolina Conference for more than 20 years. She was elected by the S.C. Conference as a delegate to the Southeastern Conference and served for nine years as a member of the board of directors of the S.C. United Methodist Foundation, Inc.
She was an enthusiastic member of United Methodist Women (UMW). She served as circle chair for many years, was twice elected president of UMW, and served as president of the Rock Hill District. She also served the South Carolina Conference in many ways.
She was a member of the Springs Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as chair of various committees and president of the auxiliary. She was also an active hospital volunteer for many years.
Myrtle Edna’s participation in Girl Scouts began in 1952 when she helped organize a Brownie troop for Justina. She was later elected president of the Lancaster Council and then was elected a member of the Congaree Area Council, where she served for many years. In 1982, she was awarded the Girl Scout Organization’s highest award for service.
Myrtle Edna won many awards for her flower arrangements as a member of the Lancaster Garden Club. She served as president of the club and was named District Member of the Year in 1990.
Always willing to learn new things, Myrtle Edna embraced Jim’s birding avocation in their retirement years and became knowledgeable and enthusiastic about birds as they traveled the world together.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends in the church atrium following the service. Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family
Myrtle Edna is survived by her children, Jansen B. Lasley of Greensboro, John H. Lasley (Kathy Mitchell) of West Chester, Ohio and Justina Lasley Minifie (Chad Minifie) of Mount Pleasant, S.C. Her grandchildren are Jansen’s daughter, Beth Lasley (Heath Orvin) of Mount Pleasant and son, Brian Lasley (Michelle Lasley) of Greensboro; John’s daughters, Amy Bezet (Randy Bezet) of Bradenton, Fla., Emma Lasley (Matthew Brown) of Liberty Township, Ohio and son, Nathan Lasley of Long Beach, Calif.; Justina’s daughters, Lasley Poe Steever (Andrew Steever) of Charleston, S.C., Rives Poe O’Connell (Stephen O’Connell) of Charleston and Abigail Poe Akre (Andrew Akre) of Charlottesville, Va. Her great-grandchildren are, Jordan, Connor, Dylan, Emily, Chase, Bowen, Parker, Ella, Miller, Alden, Graeme and Rhys. She is also survived by her numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Clare R. Bailey Professional Development Grant Fund, Southeastern Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Whiteville, N.C. 28472; First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 608, Lancaster, S.C. 29721; Providence United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28211; or The Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, P.O. Box 1132, Lancaster, S.C. 29721.
The family will always be grateful for the loving and skilled care provided to her by the wonderful staff at The Stewart Center.