Elise Imajean Bailey was 85 years old when she left this life Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at 5:25 p.m. to be with her God. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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She was born Aug. 1, 1927, at home to Nora Elsie Brooks and Eddie Gammon. She had five siblings and lived most of her life in New Mexico around Alamogordo for some 44 years. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma in her early years, she traveled and lived the military life with her husband for several years before getting back to roots and settling in Tularosa to live her life with animals she always loved. She worked a farm for more than 36 years. Her love of nature and the farm lifestyle was reflected in the love she gave to her children and grandchildren, as well as her animals, giving the animals names and expert care. The children always knew she would be there for them and thought she was a good listener and mentor, and always put them first.
After a long battle over the past two to three years, she spent her final days living with her sister Maxine in Alamogordo along with supportive friends and family.
She is survived by her natural granddaughter Chrystal Spencer; three sisters, Maxine McKenzie, Ruth Brazzle and Nora Roberts; one brother, Clinton Bell; stepchildren Eva Wilbern, Joey Bailey Jr., Gail Johnson, Sheryl Van, Randy Hightower, Keith Hightower, Phil Hightower, Toney Hightower, Chris Hightower, Wanda Burton and Linda Gilley; more than 20 grandchildren and about 33-plus great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two sons, Joe Morton and Jeffery Smith; and the eldest sister Zela Mari Lynn.
Elise (Jean) requested no formal service and asked that just close family and friends be notified for any family viewing and graveside service. She asked to be cremated and her ashes laid to rest at the foot of her mother's grave.
Her family expresses sincere thanks to all for their support, caring and love over this past year. The family thanks the Alamogordo Funeral Home for their handling of arrangements, keeping things on track and getting through this difficult time. She can care for the animals with God.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 12 to Oct. 11, 2012