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Rosa (Jakob) Bailey

1934 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Rosa (Jakob) Bailey Obituary

Rosa (Jakob) Bailey, 80, passed away on May 9, 2014, in Alamogordo, surrounded by her five children. She was born on Jan. 19, 1934, in Munich, Germany to Josef and Johanna (Doll) Jakob.

Survivors include her children: Roswitha West and husband David of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Walter Bailey and wife Anne of Issaquah, Wash.; Linda Watts and husband Leo of Alamogordo; Robert M. Bailey of Wheatridge, Colo., and David C. Bailey of Alamogordo; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Josef and Johanna Jakob, and by her husband, Walter Bailey Jr. in 2003.

Born during the emergence of Nazism, Rosa's formative years were filled with the sights and sound of World War II. By the end of the war, as with most Germans, Rosa participated in the rebuilding of her country while embracing her country's new found freedoms. She told many stories about the war and how it affected her.
As memory of WWII faded and the cold war heated up in Germany, Rosa met and fell in love with Walter Bailey Jr., from Akron, Ohio, who was serving in the US Air Force. It was against this backdrop that they married in Germany in 1961.
While it was not uncommon for returning U.S. soldiers to bring home German wives, Rosa and Walter's relationship was far from common. As an interracial couple, Rosa and Walter's relationship endured many indignities, but broke new ground and revealed to America that love knows no color, no obstacles, no constraints. They were married for over 43 years. Rosa and Walter were among the pioneers for the struggle for civil rights in America. They set an example.

Rosa had many pleasures -- from collecting Hummel figurines to shopping on QVC; to meeting friends over a cup of coffee. Rosa, a consummate homemaker, took pride maintaining a spotless home for her husband and her children. She showered her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with love and attention. They loved their "Oma."
Over the years, Rosa was fortunate to visit her native country several times, and was very proud of her German-American identity.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel. Inurnment will take place at Monte Vista Cemetery.

The Bailey family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, Inc. to direct the funeral services. Cremation will take place at PCS.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 13 to June 12, 2014
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