Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Ethel Lucille Malicky

March 28, 2001

Memorial services for Ethel Lucille Malicky, 91, Baldwin City, were Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mrs. Malicky died Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at the Baldwin Care Center. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City.

She was born on a farm near Wymore, Nebraska, in 1905, the daughter of W.I. Reed and Addie (Clayton) Reed and the youngest of six children. She attended school at Beatrice, Neb. and graduated from Peru State Teachers College and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a degree in Home Economics and a teaching certificate.

She was teaching in Barneston, Neb. when she met George Malicky who was enjoying a successful career playing professional baseball. In the winters George returned to the family farm near Barneston. They were married in 1932 and soon thereafter moved to Texas. George found work in the oil fields and as a player-manager of the Gulf Oil Company baseball team.

The Malickys had three children: Georgann Raney, Beaumont, Texas, retired music teacher and church organist; Neal Malicky, Berea, Ohio, President Emeritus of Baldwin-Wallace College and formerly Dean of the College and Interim President of Baker University and Joyce Castle of New York City, professional opera singer, who will join the KU faculty as Professor of Voice in the fall.

The family moved to Baldwin in 1949. She taught 3rd and 5th grades and Home Economics in the Baldwin public schools. She was an active member of the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and P.E.O.

Friends in Baldwin and students from Baker remember her as a hostess who had many friends for dinners and who prepared countless meals for those who were ill or confined. Friends of her children or students at Baker and KU often ate dinners at her table and several found the Malicky home to be their home away from home. The Malickys often called on those who were ill or hospitalized.

Mrs. Malicky is survived by her husband, George, of 68 years, three children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Ollie C. Gish, Ada Viola Roberts and Nora Emma Salesbury; and two brothers, Fred Lee Reed and Clarence M. Reed.

Memorials may be made to the Baldwin First United Methodist Church and sent in care of the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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