AMHERST - Leeta (Linn) Bailey passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at her home.
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Leeta was born June 6, 1935, in Newport, Oregon, the only child of Carl and Alice (Head) Linn. The family lived throughout Oregon, including Newport, Arlington, and The Dalles, but she always reminisced about Ione. She was a graduate of the University of Oregon and taught elementary school alongside her mother.
Leeta married Duane W. Bailey April 11, 1959. Soon after they moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and then in 1963 to Amherst, where they raised a family, several generations of English Bulldogs and honey bees.
Leeta taught for a short while at the Smith College Day School. She then worked for 21 years at the Amherst College Library, primarily as a reference librarian and head of circulation. She received her master's in library information science from the University of Texas School of Information in 1986.
Leeta was an avid reader. She had an artistic eye, enjoying knitting, carving and painting. She raised orchids and collected antique glass. She was a passionate fan of the Red Sox, University of Connecticut's Lady Huskies Basketball, and coffee.
She is survived by her cousin Margaret "Peggy" Thompson of Port Angeles, Washington, her three children, Duane A. Bailey of Williamstown, Gregory K. Bailey of Billerica, and Mark W. Bailey of Clinton, New York, and her five grandchildren, Megan E. Bailey of Belchertown, Katelin A. Bailey of Seattle, Washington, Duane R. Bailey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Jessica C. Bailey and Margaret E. Bailey of Clinton, New York.
Friends and family are invited to gather Saturday, Aug. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the family home at 115 Van Meter Drive. Funeral arrangements were by the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Amherst Survival Center, P.O. Box 9629, North Amherst, MA 01059-9629.
Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 2, 2014