Gloria Bailey, 70, of Baker City, died Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home surrounded by family. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, place and time to be announced.
Gloria Jean Bailey was born December 10, 1949 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker, Oregon to Francis and Dorothy Phillips. She was raised and was educated in both Baker and Union County. Gloria was very active in school with the pep club for school sports. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1968.
Gloria worked as a CNA at St. Elizabeth’s in Baker City and Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. She also worked at various senior living facilities. Nursing was a passion and caring for the ill and aged made her career fulfilled.
Gloria loved dear sweet Doug Bailey to the depths of her soul and supported him in all his endeavors. They met at her sister’s wedding February 13, 1969 and were married June 5, 1971 in Baker City, OR at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City.
Drag racing was a passion for both Doug and Gloria. They especially loved racing in their “72” Chevy Pick-up in Walla Walla and Boise Night Fire. The togetherness, handholding, laughter, sorrow, win, lose, it was always wild while they were together.
Gloria’s children made her life complete with much happiness to see the boys grow up, though it was much too fast. They gave her grandchildren that she so very dearly loved and cherished.
Gloria wrote this information to be added to her obituary, she says, “I love you all, remember our picnics, rodeos, water fights and rock surfing at Catherine Creek, we had a lot of fun. Thank you all for making my life. Get healthy, be happy and wise up (haha-hee-hee)”.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Doug Bailey, sister Marjorie Miller, brother in law Chuck Rogers and cousin Debra Burris-Bradley.
She is survived by her sons Douglas “Mic” and Brent Bailey “BA Babs”; grandchildren Gage, Darian, Jasey, and Keegan Bailey, Issac Nordbye; great granddaughter Blakely Guilliams; sisters Shirley Rogers, and Patty Phillips; numerous nephews, nieces, greats and great greats, aunts, uncles and cousins galore.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Gloria the family suggests either Shriners Hospital or Special Olympics through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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