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Scholarship in memory of Calica-Bailey

by: Submitted photo - Mary Calica-Bailey

Mary Calica-Bailey was born on May 9, 1969, in Madras, to parents Wanda (Leonard) Calica and Raymond (Calica) Tsumpti Sr.
   She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and left behind her husband, James Bailey, of Warm Springs, two brothers, also of Warm Springs, a sister, of Madras, and an older brother, of Fort Lewis, Wash.
   She resided on the Warm Springs Reservation all her life and held various positions, most notably working for many years as a police officer for the Warm Springs Police Department. She was also a teacher at the Warm Springs Early Childhood Education Center for preschool students.
   Mary also passed the tribal bar for the tribes and practiced law in tribal court. Just two days prior to her passing, Mary earned her Child Development Associate degree for Early Childhood Education at Central Oregon Community College.
   As a special memorial, family and friends of Mary established the "Mary Calica-Bailey" memorial scholarship. The scholarship is intended to inspire members of the tribes who are pursuing a degree in either early childhood or education. This year, a first-time winner will be announced at the tribal graduation banquet.
   On the evening of March 26, 2011, Mary commenced her journey to heaven and quietly left her family in her sleep. The unofficial doctor's report pointed toward an undiscovered blood clot that had formed.
   On Monday, March 21, Mary started treatment for breast cancer that had redeveloped. She made long, daily exhausting trips to Bend from her home, located on the north end of the reservation. A few days later, on the evening of the 26th, the creator called her home after a long bout with cancer.
   The surviving family members would like to thank this event for acknowledging Mary and her bravery. They also want to remind everyone to have regular medical exams for breast cancer and other cancers. We also especially remind those that are on treatment to speak with your doctor about potential blood clots that can form during treatment, and what precautions to take.