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6167 Prestley Mill Rd
Douglasville, GA 30134
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Evelyn Zay Bailey WALLER

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WALLER, Evelyn Zay Bailey Douglasville: Passed on Monday, May 9, 2016, into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, our beloved and cherished mother, grandmom and great grandmom. Zay was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Dr. William and Ava Bailey. She graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a B.A. in English and taught for several years in and around Camden, Arkansas, where she met the love of her life, John Waller, who was in Camden teaching cadets to fly in WWII. After the war, Zay and Johnny moved to Hapeville, Georgia, where Johnny took a job for Delta Airlines as a pilot. Zay was also predeceased by her sister, Blanche Bailey; her brother, Dr. William T. Bailey and her nephew, Brown Ritch. She is survived by her daughters: Zay Lynn Bailey, Fairport, New York and Patricia Bennett and her husband, J.C., Oceanview, Delaware; and her son: J. Gary Waller and his wife, Lynda. Lithia Springs, Georgia. Also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Budd and Robyn Oliveira of New York; John G. Waller II and his wife, Beth, of South Carolina and Kristen Bennett of Delaware, and great grandchildren: Kendra, Devan and Jessica Budd, and Tyler, Zay and Ari Waller. Other survivors include her niece, Katherine Bailey and nephew, Tom Bailey of Texas, and many friends. Thanks go to her caretakers of the last year: LaShannon, Kathy, Priscilla and Shimeka. Zay maintained an active social life while always putting her children first. She was Treasurer and President (twice) of the PTA, a Girl Scout leader, Order of the Eastern Star, the Women's Circle at Hapeville United Methodist Church, and played in several bridge clubs. After moving to Douglasville, she joined Gold's Gym and participated in water aerobics for over twenty years. Her most loved connection was with a group of sixteen friends from kindergarten, high school and college who had a reunion every year in Arkansas from college on and maintained their friendships for their entire life. Zay was the next to the last survivor of that special group of women. Visitation and refreshments will be at 1pm on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglasville, Georgia, 6160 Prestley Mill Road with the memorial service to follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Group Living, Inc., Attn: Jane Lucas, 700 Main Street, Suite 200, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 71923. A private internment will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a later date.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 13 to May 15, 2016
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