Marilyn Bailey

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BOISE, IDAHO — "When the good Lord decides to take me, he will." The Lord did come and took Marilyn Charlene (Fox) Bailey on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

She was born to Harley W. Fox and Leah (Scott) Fox, a vet/farming family on Jan. 7, 1929 in Thompson Township of Delaware County, Ohio. Most of her life was spent living in Delaware and Florida.

Marilyn was a 1946 graduate of Willis High and married classmate John H. Bailey Jr. in 1947 when they began their life together as a Naval family. Military life moved them to Pa., Va. and Fla. Marilyn was a volunteer for the Navy Relief Society, Naval Officer's Wives Club and Girl Scout leader. After military retirement they returned to Delaware. Her most enjoyed job was working at the Grand Canyon. She also worked at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville until she was injured and unable to return. Foremost though she was a homemaker, wife and mother.

Marilyn and John traveled extensively to Canada, England, South Africa, Brazil, Australia (2 years) and many U.S. states. Florida is where they found retirement life. She enjoyed volunteering at Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Fla. Marilyn loved playing cards and doing Word-Search books. She had a wonderful group of friends that shared in these activities.

Several bouts of breast cancer and the on-set of Alzheimer she moved in 2011 to Hillsboro, Ore. to live with her daughter. Her daughters family was blessed to have her with them until February 2014. Marilyn then moved to Boise, Idaho where her son lives. He visited her as often as possible at the facility where she was residing. We thank the Lord for taking her quickly and peacefully.

Proceeded in death by her husband, John H. Bailey Jr. (2003); her brother, Robert Fox; and sister, Eileen Fox.

Family remaining is brother, Dale Fox, Flint, Texas; son, Richard Bailey, Boise, Idaho; daughter, Barbara Bailey-Harness, Hillsboro, Ore.; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and multiple relatives.

Cremation has taken place and a service will be held where Marilyn's ashes will be placed beside John's in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the following: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, http://donations or Cure Alzheimer's Fund,

Deeply missed, dearly loved.

Published in The Delaware Gazette from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014
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