Pat Bailey 1945-2020
Patricia Ann Bailey, born May 12, 1945 in Rolla, Mo., departed her Earthly shell on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was eagerly greeted by beloved family members, John (father) and Erma (mother); six brothers, Walter, Everett, Jimmy, Roger, Johnny and LeRoy; and Jenny (sister) at the Gates of Heaven.
Pat’s passing was unexpected although peaceful. She succumbed to the flu virus and cancer.
Pat grew up in Lawrence after her family moved here in 1952. She met and married Kenneth Powers on Dec. 24, 1960. Of that marriage, they have two daughters, Cheryl and Shannon Powers. They later divorced in 1979.
Throughout her life she worked assembling electronic radios at Bendix King Radio and Kinedyne, Lawrence.
Pat fell in love again and married Leland E. Bailey on Oct. 28, 1991. In that marriage she was proud to inherit another daughter, Brooke Bailey.
Pat was full of life and enjoyed traveling to the beach in which she made beautiful, fun memories. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts, planting flowers, going to the casino with her sisters Kay and Virgie, sewing and making jewelry. Most of all she valued spending time with her family. She was like a mother to many, especially her nieces and nephews. She was a beloved Mom, Nana, Sister, Wife, Aunt and friend to many. She will be missed dearly by all and we have no doubt she will be our guardian angel.
Pat displayed a bluntness that sometimes cloaked the softer side of her personality, her compassion and her dedication to her family. She was a determined, fierce fighter and no matter what life threw at her (divorce, poverty, cancer), she never gave up.
Pat’s family will miss her deeply and everyone will have a hole in their hearts that can never be filled, but ultimately they are thankful she doesn’t have to suffer the final phases of cancer.
Pat is survived by her husband, Leland E. Bailey of Topeka; and her daughters, Cheryl (Bryan) Rice of Baldwin City, Shannon Phillips of Baldwin City and Brooke (Tim) Bacon of Ozawkie. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Shandan Spencer, Donavyn Phillips, Bailey, Brooklyn, Tricia and Bryan Rice and Lukas and Nickolas Bacon; a great-grandchild, Izayah Spencer; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont, Lawrence, KS 66044, with a dinner and Celebration of Life Party following the service at The Victorian Veranda, 1431 N. 1900 Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Pat was passionate about helping others, whether it be contributing to local organizations or simply people she saw in need. The family asks that if you would like to make a donation, please consider the American Cancer Society in her honor. Any questions about locations, please contact Cheryl at (785) 766-4133
To make a donation online, visit our fund center.
To send a donation, make all checks payable to The American Cancer Society and mail them to Cheryl Rice, 473 E. 1814th Rd., Baldwin City, KS 66006-7372.