Goldie Baly to join hall of fame

WEIRTON – Goldie Almason Baly has been named part of the Class of 2014 for the Weirton Hall of Fame, recognized in the category of public service.

Baly’s life as a volunteer began in 1941 with America entering World War II. As a government employee with the War Ration Board, she wanted to extend herself and do more. She did so by joining the Red Cross Motor Corps and was trained in first aid. It would be her charge to administer first aid in the event of local disaster. She lived through the city blackouts where homes, businesses and streets had to be in total darkness for safety’s sake. She drove through the streets of Weirton, including Marland Heights Hill, in total darkness without the benefit of headlights to complete her assignment.

In 1952, then Mayor Thomas E. Millsop contacted Baly to help coordinate group support for the construction of Weirton General Hospital. She formed the Tea Rose Twig and served as president for 50 years until it was disbanded in 2002.

Baly later became one of the founders and a charter member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Weirton General Hospital. She served as vice president from 1957 to 1958 and was elected president in 1959.

During her tenure with the Women’s Auxiliary, Baly started the mail delivery service to patients in the hospital; created the Remembrance Fund, making the very first donation; and saw to it that priests and ministers were available to have services on site for patients in the hospital chapel.

Her contribution took an artistic turn as she also recruited ladies to perform plays and programs for the children in the pediatric ward. She also introduced the library cart that serviced patients for many years.

In the 1960’s she and husband, Michael, were active volunteer workers of the Weir High Band Parents Organization, assisting with everything from dish washing to cooking during summer band camps at Raccoon State Park.

From 1988 to 2002 Baly was “The Voice of the Weir High Alumni” and circulated a newsletter to 25 states and Washington, D.C.

Through these efforts, Baly created The Weir High Class of 1939 account depositing any extra funds. By the time she discontinued the project, she was able to make sizable donations to the Millsop Community Center, Mary H. Weir Public Library, Weir High School and Weirton United Way with enough left over in 2005 to invite surviving classmates to a reunion at the Weirton Knights of Columbus for a complimentary dinner.

Referred to by fellow Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Ray Greco as “A Weirton Icon,” in 2003 at the age of 80 she penned “Goldie’s Memoirs,” featured at both the Mary H. Weir Public Library and Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.

In the book, she talked about her life story and Weirton history, including the Prohibition days of the 1920’s, the Great Depression, World War II and Weirton’s contribution to the nation, and the golden days of Weirton that followed.

Baly has received accolades and honors for her many years of devoted service to Weirton General Hospital and Weirton Medical Center, and has been recognized for her contribution to Weirton’s history with her book.

The sixth-annual Weirton Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place at 2 p.m. on May 4 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Tickets are available for $25 each at Marsh Pipe and Supply, R.E. Saxon Jeweler and the Weirton Municipal Building. Approximately 250 tickets are being sold and will not be available at the door. The event is open to the public.