At 6:25 p.m. on March 17, 2014, the world lost one of the most beautiful, loving, compassionate and caring women to have ever graced this earth.
Barbara Taylor McFillen Bailey decided to end her battle with Alzheimer’s and join her parents in heaven. She was surrounded at home by her loving family and passed away peacefully.
She was born Aug. 29, 1952, in Pittsburg, Calif., to U.S. Air Force Sgt. Robert and Jane McFillen, who passed before her.
At the age of 1, she and her mother boarded a troop ship and joined her father in Japan. Being the daughter of a career military man, she lived in Virginia, Alaska, New Mexico, Maryland and in 1969, her father retired in Tampa, Fla. She graduated from Robinson High School in Tampa in 1970 and began her working career at Travelers Insurance.
In 1972, she met a young airman named Greg Bailey who was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. They were married on Sept. 1 of that year. In 1974, at her husband’s discharge from active duty, they moved to Parkersburg, where she began her 30-year career at St Joseph’s Hospital where she retired in 2004 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. During the next three years, she traveled with Greg until her health declined. At this time, she was constantly watched over by her two dalmatians, Lucky and Patches, who preceded her in death. Barbara enjoyed crafting, traveling, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Robert (Rachele) Bailey; granddaughter, Isabella of Garland, Texas; granddaughter, Amber Bailey of Parkersburg; son, Jason Bailey of Parkersburg; sisters, Debbie (Billie Jo) Taylor of Dothan, Ala., and Patty (Jack) Oppel; nephews, Gage and Garrett of Lake Kiowa, Texas; her special Dad and Mom who she loved dearly, Pete and Winnie Bailey of Parkersburg; brother-in-law, Jon Bailey; nephew, Derek Bailey of Parkersburg; nephew, Jordan (Sarah) Bailey and their children, Christian, Nicholas, Peter and Augustine of Vienna; cousins, Dr. Paul and Betty Modie; and a special group of friends who gather at City Park who cared for her deeply.
The family would like to thank caregivers Becki Rhodes, Sabrina Shuman, Rhonda Stone, Jamie Metz and Amedisys Hospice group for the loving care they provided.
At Barbara’s request, she will be cremated with her ashes spread at her favorite vacation spot. There will be no funeral or visitation, but a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Her husband would like to recognize his parents, Pete and Winnie, who not only loved Barbara but also provided care for her. And lastly, her son, Jason, who cherished the ground his mother walked on and was her angel here on earth.
Contributions can be made in Barbara’s memory to your local Alzheimer’s Chapter.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com