(Anna) Elizabeth Hill Bailey, widow of John Arch Bailey, Jr., died Sunday June 9, 2013, at age 95. She was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Anna Elizabeth "Lizzy" Smith Hill.
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Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Indian Creek Christian Church and a Kentucky Colonel recipient.
She spent her formative years in the Millersburg area and graduated from the old Bourbon County High School (Millersburg, Ky.) in 1935 and the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in 1938.
In the late 1940s, she began her association with Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH). She first served as a staff nurse. In 1950, she became the Superintendent of Nurses. In 1958, the HMH Board of Directors asked Elizabeth to take the position of Hospital Administrator. She said that she would serve as the Administrator on an interim basis until the board found a new administrator. She served as HMH Administrator until 1979.
She was instrumental in providing the first blood bank for the residents of Harrison County and was a driving force to relocate HMH to its current location and to gain its accreditation by The Joint Commission.
After Mrs. Bailey left HMH, she served as Interim Administrator of the Clark County Hospital for five months during 1980.
She also served her community and state by working on the Harrison County/WEDCO District Board of Health, Harrison County Senior Citizens Board, Kentucky Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators, Kentucky Health and Health Facilities Certificate of Need and Licensure Board, and the Kentucky Hospital Association Board.
In 1968, Mrs. Bailey was named Cynthiana's Woman of the Year and, in 2008, HMH honored her by naming part of its new addition the Elizabeth H. Bailey Women's Health Center.
She was preceded in death by her four siblings: Thelma Price-Crotty (Ashland), Ruby Ross (Ashland), Jacqueline Berry (Paris), and C. Todd Hill (Millersburg).
She is survived by her daughter Sue Overman (Timothy), Lexington, Ky., grandsons David Overman, Lexington, Ky., and Michael Overman (Amanda), Columbia, S.C., great-grandchildren John Overman, Lexington, Ky., and Kali Bowman, Columbia, S.C., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ware Funeral Home by Dr. Tim Teater and Bro. Chad Broaddus. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Battle Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Elizabeth Bailey Women's Health Center, c/o Molly Smith, 1210 Kentucky Highway 36 East, Cynthiana, KY 41031.
Active pallbearers will be Michael Overman, David Overman, Jim Price, Jerry Price, Claude Berry, Jim Rankin and Mike Campbell. View and sign guestbook at www.warefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Cynthiana Democrat on June 13, 2013
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