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Michael Luis Hailey

May 4, 1956October 12, 2020
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Michael Luis Hailey, born 1956 in San Francisco, California, passed away October 12, 2020 in Shawnee, Oklahoma at the age of 64. Michael was a member of the First Christian Church of Tecumseh, Oklahoma. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized at the age of 12. Michael attended Shawnee High School before enlisting in the United States Army at the age of 17, where he served as an infantryman from 1973-76. After his military service, Mike met the love of his life Nancy Moore and they were married 6 months later. Their marriage and love for each other set the standard for all who knew them, and exemplified the meaning of the term soulmates. Together they had 3 children, Michael Luis Hailey Jr., Joseph Hailey, and Angela Hailey, who affectionately called their father "Daddio." Michael graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy, and he worked at St. Anthony's Hospital and SSM Health Clinic in Shawnee for the last 23 years. Michael loved OU sports, the Dallas Cowboys football team, and was a voracious reader of science fiction. A devoted husband, loving father, doting grandfather, our Daddio was the rock of our family and is sorely missed. The family would like to thank the staff and his coworkers at St. Anthony's Hospital for their extraordinary efforts while Mike was in their care. There will never be enough words to honor the love and compassion shown to Mike and his family in his final moments. Michael was preceded in death by his parents: Gene Randall Hailey, Hazel Ilene Steiner, and step-father Harold Keisling. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Moore Hailey, son Michael Luis Hailey Jr. and spouse Amy Hailey and their children Mike, Kenzie, Carter, Aspen, and Sienna Hailey; son Joseph Hailey and spouse Ashleigh Shepherd and their daughter Adrianne Hailey; daughter Angela Hailey and spouse Nathan King and their children A.J., Aria , and baby girl King; Michael's siblings Patti Hailey, Tim Hailey, Marie Hailey, and numerous nieces and nephews. "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it...white shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise." - J.R.R. Tolkien

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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Angela and Zoe Davis

October 24, 2020

We are in shock to hear of Mike's passing. He was amazing as a physical therapist and a great guy. He will truly be missed. Prayers for the family.

Linda Jones

October 24, 2020

I was so shocked when I heard the news. Mike was so important to my family. We met Mike when he became my son's PT. He was so good with my son, James, who had a stroke and could not talk. I pray for peace and comfort for his family. We are devastated by the loss. So very sorry for your loss, prayers for the days ahead.

Brenda Hickman

October 21, 2020

I graduated with Mike way back when. We connected again after my father had a stroke and Mike was his therapist at the hospital. His gentle care and compassion gave my dad reassurance and he improved under that gentle care
We connected again when Physical Therapy moved from the hospital to the clinic where I worked also. It was always a joy to run into him in the hallways with that big smile and a bear hug.
He was greatly loved by his family and will be sadly missed by his friends.

Ariole Layton

October 21, 2020

In 2013 I did a clinical for PTA school with this awesome group of people. Mike always made me feel like a part of the group not just a student. I will forever be grateful for my time here.
Then, later that year when our class when to the state capital I ran into him again and he greeted me like an old friend.
Mike was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, old friend.

Lois Witt (Ward))

October 21, 2020

There is so many words I could say but don't have enough space..!!
I never forget the day I met Mike, Nancy and I was living in Okla City.
I seen how much they Loved each other grow into a long and lasting relationship.
I thought I lost my best friend Nancy. but then again I didn't lose my friend I gained a new friend Michael.
Thank you so much for taking care of my dear freind Nancy. Love you. Mike!!!!
Rest in Peace.

Ashley Bristol

October 20, 2020

My most sincere condolences to Mike’s wife, family, friends and co-workers. I first met Mike when he was receiving physical therapy in Norman 5+ years ago. I’m pretty sure he let me dig myself into a hole early on, not knowing immediately that he was a PT himself. I know I tried to fabricate some information (that I was usually good at doing) concerning his anatomy or surgical protocol, but he never called me out or embarrassed me concerning this by stating his profession. He just let me dig that hole. I saw him do this a few times during my clinical rotation at St. Anthony’s in early 2019 as well. His ability to be patient with lesser educated people, as well as valuing silence during a conversation were just a few of my favorite traits of his. I had an absolute blast working with him. He was the consummate professional, and always displayed empathy and passion for truly wanting to just help people. My last visit with him was spent at our friend Tyler’s wedding, and we had an unforgettable night dancing and visiting together. He absolutely owned the “Hair Flip” that night, something I was pretty jealous of as a bald man. Big Mike, I appreciate every minute I had in your presence over the years. My prayers go out to everyone that knew Mike, because he didn’t know a stranger and I know we are all hurting right now.

Sarah Gordon Murray

October 20, 2020

I feel most people do their best thinking at night. When you finally get that moment to think about your day or the days ahead....or just to think about those you come in contact with or maybe even the ones you’ve lost recently or over the years. Tonight as I lay down I can’t help but think about my “work family.” Honestly, they truly become your family...especially in the field I’m in....I see them more than my own real family most of the time. I have wonderful and fond memories of my previous work family whom I still stay in close contact with today. They have helped me through many obstacles in my life and have been there for all the good in my life as well. Tomorrow we will come together as a “work family” to celebrate the life of one of them who has left this world too soon. Mike Hailey, a father, grandfather, colleague, and friend, you will be deeply missed by not just me but by all the people’s lives you have touched and you have helped in your many years as a PT. Thank you Mike for teaching me and guiding me into the PT that I am today. You were an awesome mentor and an even better PT. God took one of the BEST! This is not goodbye but see you later! Rest easy my friend!

Peggy Rider

October 20, 2020

I graduated with Michael and he was my physical therapist a number of times. He was such a great guy. May God be with the family and bring them comfort.

Terri Hailey

October 20, 2020

Mike was always kind to me and my son, Cory Hailey. Although Cory doesn't have many memories of his Uncle Mike, I have told him how funny Mike was and how he loved a good joke. My heart goes out to Nancy and her children.

Candice Long

October 20, 2020

Mike was such a great man! Always so kind and wonderful with my children. I know his children and grandchildren are feeling the loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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