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Geraldine Crandall Wilsey
 
Gladys Carscallen Rix
 
Claude Cohoon
 
Elaine Chapin Artutis
 
Dorothy Cottle Beyers
 
Nina Jones May
 
Audrey Glenn Urray
 
Douglas McDowell
 
Helen Kathryn Jones Mutch
 
Thelma Ellen Goodhart Bradley
 
Helen Neilson Darling
 
Marjorie McKay Koemitzer
 
Jennie E. Norris Cook
 
Edwynna Parkinson Nunnellay
 
Alma Nelson Howard
 
Louis Popp
 
Alice Reetz Ware
 
 Nora Willobee Evilsizer
 
Ailene Yeo Bardsley
 
Bernard Fegan
 
Inez Susan Noffsinger Allcock
 
 

ADDRESS UNKNOWN
 
Helen Jane Alt Jukgiyr
 
Dorothy Cottle Beyers
 
Marjorie McKay Koemitzer
 
Louis Popp
 
Nora Willobee Evilsizer

DECEASED
 

Geraldine M. Crandell Wilsey
 
Gladys Carscallen Rix
 
Claude Cohoon
 
Elaine Chapin Artutis
(8/31/1987)
 
Dorothy Cottle Beyers
 
Nina Jones May
 
Audrey Glenn Urray
 
Douglas McDowell
 
Helen Kathryn Jones Mutch
(9/23/2001)
 
Thelma Goodhart Bradley
(Died in 1971 at the age of 63)
 
Helen Neilson Darling
 
Marjorie McKay Koemitzer
 
Jennie E. Norris Cook
(3/14/1991-Age 84))
 
Edwynna Parkinson Nunnellay
 
Alma Nelson Howard
 
Lewis Popp
 
Alice Reetz Ware
(2001-Age 95)
 
Nora Willobee Evilsizer
 
Ailene Yeo Bardsley
 
Inez Susan Noffsinger Allcock
(2/14/2000)
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Aileen Mae Yoe Bardsley...Class of 1926
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Ailene Mae Yeo Bardsley, MBA '33

Bardsley, at 98, still lived in Anderson, Indiana, which had been her home since the early 1940s.

Miss Yeo attended the University of Michigan and was one of the first women to graduate from U of M with a degree in Business Administration.

Students dressed up for class and, like many, Bardsley wore a fur coat but resisted the lure of bobbed hair. She instead spent "hours" under the dryer at the hairdressers. Prohibition didn't touch her life since she didn't drink or socialize with those who bootlegged liquor. Few students had cars. She, like the others, walked or rode the streetcars. The one exception was traveling to the formal dances at the Michigan Union because floor-length gowns required taxis.

Every such formal event began with a procession led by the man who had chaired the event and his date. Bardsley twice led such processions. Women received special dispensations from rules for big events like the J-Hop. Otherwise, they had to be in their rooms by 11 p.m. during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekend. "Our housemother would sit up until everyone was in," Bardsley recalls.

The only child of Alice and William, a Canadian who practiced law, Bardsley grew up in West Branch, Michigan. She earned a BA degree and teaching certificate in 1930 and taught a year in Royal Oak before deciding, partly because she loved math, to return for an MBA, majoring in banking and merchandising. Her first job was with Himmelhoch's in Detroit as a buyer in the better dress department — 'any dress over $29," she explains. She organized a fashion show fundraiser for the Michigan League using professional models and U-M students.

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From the December 1, 1933 issue
of the CASS CITY CHRONICLE...
 
Miss Crandall Bride of S.V.Wilsey

An event of interest to Cass City people was the wedding of Miss Geraldine M a r g a r e t Crandall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WillardA. Crandall, of West Branch and Mr. Stuart Vaughn Wilsey, son of Mrs. Charles Wilsey, of Cass City which was solemnized Thursday morning, November 30, at 10 o'clock in the Trinity Episcopal church at West Branch. A wedding breakfast was served immediately after the ceremony ...

Mr. and Mrs. Wilsey will make their home in Kalamazoo where Mr.Wilsey is employed by the Upjohn Company. Mrs. Wilsey has been Home Economics teacher at Fowlerville.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilsey are both graduates of Michigan State College. The former was a graduate of the Cass City high school.

Mrs. Charles Wilsey and Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Auten from Cass City, Miss Helen Wilsey of Grand Rapids attended.