Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Resident Spotlight - Elizabeth Bailey

Every now and then a resident amazes us.  Murrysville Independent Living resident, Elizabeth Bailey, 94, is a wonderful inspiration for living a long and active life. To the surprise of many, Elizabeth still works full-time as an Attorney in Murrysville, PA at Creenan & Baczkowski, PC. She was honored in 2008 by the Allegheny County Bar Association for practicing law for 60 years.

One would think with a distinguished career like Elizabeth has had that she was destined to take this path and had wanted to be a lawyer ever since she was a little girl… right? Not necessarily. Elizabeth loves what she does and has a true passion for it, but she actually earned her first degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Education. She went on to teach eighth grade for four years before she realized that this was not for her. She then taught school by day and attended law school at night. Her class was very small because everyone was in the army during that time in history and she graduated with only seven others.

Following her college graduation, Elizabeth joined the practice of James C. Tallant in 1948. She thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr. Tallant. He was not only her superior, but a wonderful mentor. She still remembers and follows his philosophy of being a lawyer; you are here to help others, not to make money.

Not only does Elizabeth’s work keep her active, but she also still practices yoga weekly at the Murrysville Healing Arts Center. She particularly likes taking the Iyengar yoga classes that focus on strength and stability. Until this year, Elizabeth was an avid golfer on a league at Cloverleaf Golf Course. Amazing, isn’t she?  We are truly delighted to have Elizabeth as a part of our Redstone community!