The incredible lady, Pat Bailey (Sarah Elizabeth "Pat" Shaw Bailey), 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec 4, 2013. She was a mother, historian, award winning journalist
, photographer, genealogist, news reporter, civil war enactment correspondent, and community leader who left a memorable impression on everyone she met. She was a proud, lifelong resident of Alamance County.
Her many legacies include her children, grandchildren, facilitating the creation of the Sesquicentennial Park on Court House Square in Graham, American Revolutionary Markers at Clapp's Mill Memorial, the Battle of Pyle's Defeat and Lindley's Mill, the preservation of Brick Church, championing Uncle Eli's Quilting Party, appointment as Captain Pat Bailey in North Carolina 6th Regiment Civil War reenactments, and much more. She found history where no one else saw it. She was passionate about never wanting to miss a moment of the life she packed full of rich experiences for herself and everyone she met. If you knew Pat, she probably took your picture or gave you a Smiley Card.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Gross of Burlington, (daughter Susan of Los Angeles); her five children, Patsy Bailey Allard of Chapel Hill, Kendall Shaw "Bucky" Bailey (Sheryl) of San Juan Capistrano, Jody Bailey (Carol) of Nashville, Barbara "Barbi" Bailey Smith (TJ) of Durham and Ryan Edward "Rebel" Bailey (Donna) of Nashville; her three grandchildren, Lauren of Chicago and Nicholas and Pauline of Nashville.
The family gives special thanks to her health care team over the past year, especially Dr. Choksi, Shawn and Stephanie.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Bethel Methodist Church, reference – Schoolhouse Park Expansion, 6364 Snow Camp Road, Graham, NC 27253.
Visitation is Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home, 1030 S. Main Street, Graham.
The funeral service will be Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church at the address noted above.
Memorials may be sent at www.mcclurefuneralservice.net