September 19, 1931 ~ June 17, 2022
Virginia Lea Bailey, age 90, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri handed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s.
Virginia was born September 19, 1931 in Climax Springs, MO to George and Anna Patton. She was the oldest in a big household with 6 brothers and sisters – Al, Earl, Russ, Mary, Ann, and Murreil. Because the oldest she would typically assist take care of the opposite children in addition to to assist out on the farm the place all of them grew up.
Virginia and Elmer had been highschool classmates till someday after church Elmer deliberate to escort one other lady house when Virginia interceded and requested Elmer to take her house as a substitute. They dated for eight months earlier than getting married on February 24, 1950 and started their journey collectively in Lee’s Summit the place they might elevate their two sons Russell and Daniel.
After starting their household, she labored at John Knox serving the group there. When Pfizer opened in Kansas Metropolis she moved from nursing into the lab as a tech the place she helped with sampling. Whereas working there, Pfizer supported her want to return to highschool. Virginia attended Longview Group School and obtained her Affiliate s Arts Diploma.
Throughout her time in Lee’s Summit, she was very energetic locally. A loyal member of Lee’s Summit Christian Church – Disciples of Christ – Virginia was typically thought-about the guts of the church. She was typically there to greet guests and assist new members to be concerned. She all the time made certain communion was ready and would assist clear up afterwards. Usually you’ll catch her serving the early service and attending mid-morning. Additionally an energetic member of Hannah Circle of Girls’s Ministries, Virginia was all the time there to assist with the yearly storage gross sales which raised cash to help native charities.
If there have been volunteers concerned, she would all the time be the one within the kitchen cooking up a scrumptious lunch for everybody. That compassion ultimately led to the primary Compassionate Meal program within the church which might ship meals to any members who had been sick, within the hospital, or skilled a loss of life within the household. She led the Funeral Dinner program as effectively, internet hosting any household following a service.
She served on the Board of Girls’s Ministries for a number of years – actually a loving instance for all. Virginia additionally discovered time to garden, and beloved touring. She loved investing in properties and would rehab them in order that these in want would have a pleasant place to dwell.
She retired after 17 years of service and continued to be concerned in her group – a lot in order that she and Elmer had been acknowledged by the Mayor on their fiftieth Wedding ceremony Anniversary nearly as good buddies of town. Acknowledged a number of occasions for her efforts locally, she was identified not just for all the work she did by way of the church however what she did for town as effectively.
Founding father of the Literacy Council of Lee’s Summit by way of Lee’s Summit Social Providers, she labored tirelessly to finish literacy coaching, find volunteers, and assist for committees with the intention to deliver studying expertise to individuals locally. She was quoted within the Lee’s Summit Journal, “I really feel very strongly that we should on this nation break the cycle and permit these individuals to turn into impartial”. She impressed so many by way of this work and noticed the company develop alongside her different endeavors which included price range counseling, the Starvation Job Power, and the annual weatherization program for seniors. Virginia even served in metropolis authorities engaged on bond points and several other committees together with the advert hoc cemetery committee.
She was preceded in loss of life by her husband Elmer Bailey and son Russell Bailey in addition to her brothers Albert and Earl Patton.
She is survived by her sisters Ann Dean, Murriel Taylor, Mary Gumm, brother Russ Patton, son Daniel Bailey, and Grandson Kevin Bailey.
Virginia was beloved by many and can be significantly missed by her household, her buddies, and her group.
A visitation for Virginia can be held Friday, July 15, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at Newcomer’s Floral Hills Funeral Dwelling, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas Metropolis, MO 64133. The funeral service will start at 10:00 AM with a graveside committal to comply with at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens at 25203 E US Hwy 50, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.