Clarice (Claire) Bailey(1952 - 2013)

Clarice (Claire) Bailey

Clarice (Claire) Bailey passed away November 3, 2013 after a courageous fight against lung cancer. She died peacefully with her mother and husband at her side. Claire was born in Cordele Georgia on February 27, 1952. She married her husband Ron, April 29, 1972 and spent the next 41 years enjoying a special relationship and life with him. Claire was a 1970 graduate of Crisp County High School in Cordele Georgia and a 1976 graduate of Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis Indiana. After travelling around the world and the country as a supportive Army wife to Ron, Claire and Ron settled in Federal Way, Washington. In 1980, she began her very successful 33-year career with Waddell and Reed, a financial services company. During that time she held the positions of District Manager, Division Manager and Senior Financial Advisor. She retired in September 2013. Claire's keen intellect and enjoyment of people was the key to her personal and professional success and fulfillment.

Claire had a variety of interests ranging from enjoying good food and wine to hiking and mountain climbing. Summiting Mount Rainier and other Northwest peaks was a special source of pride for Claire. She also enjoyed travel to exotic locations---Africa and the Galapagos Islands in particular--- skiing, kayaking and biking. Claire was an avid reader of all literature and a lover of the game of bridge. Claire loved being with her family and friends and never missed an opportunity to be with them whenever she could.

Claire was an inspiration to all of us who knew and loved her. For the last 15 months, she was upbeat and determined to beat this disease---doing so without complaint, despite the side effects from her many treatments. She will be greatly missed by her many friends, her family and loyal clients.

Claire was a member of Peavy United Methodist Church in Cordele Georgia. A memorial service will be held there on November 17, 2013. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite cancer charity.

Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 2013