Shirley Bailey
1926 - 2020
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TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Shirley E. Bailey, 93, formerly of Port Allegany, passed away Sunday (June 14, 2020) in Williamsville Suburban, Williamsville, N.Y.
Born Oct. 27, 1926, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was a daughter of William and Myrtle Smith Leavitt. On Oct. 2, 1954, in Port Allegany, Pa., she married Arnold F. Bailey, who died April 21, 2009. They were married 55 years.
Shirley was a longtime resident of the Port Allegany and was a waitress in several area restaurants, before moving to Tonawanda.
She was an avid card player and enjoyed ceramic painting and reading.
Surviving are two sons, Jeffrey T. (Cheryl) Bailey of Tampa, Fla., Kirk M. (Kimberly) Bailey of Tonawanda; a granddaughter, Stacey Bailey, and two grandsons, Ryan and Christopher Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnold, a brother, Robert Leavitt, and a sister, Ruth Bressan.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (June 17, 2020) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a private funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Moses officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Jun. 17 to Jun. 24, 2020.
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June 17, 2020
Hi Mom, it's Jeff in Florida. Sorry I can't be with you today, to touch your hair, hold your hand, and kiss you goodbye on last time. In this corona virus environment my health is not good enough to travel. Thank you for always being there for me and Kirk. You were the best mom. You always were kind, polite, and had something good to say about everyone. 93 mom almost a century of life. You live on in our memories. It's a beautiful warm sunny Wednesday, June 17th. The perfect day to remember you by. You will never be forgotten. Goodbye mom I love you.
Jeffery Bailey
June 17, 2020
I got to know Shirley when I was dating her son Jeff many years ago.
She was always very sweet and kind to me, I always felt welcomed and right at home.
My love and prayers are with Jeff, Kirk, and wife Kim. Your mother is at peace now, and is finally at rest. God bless her.
Monica Shuman
June 16, 2020
This is Jeff Bailey, in Tampa FL. I am Shirley's oldest of two sons. I am a cancer survivor and in this Corona virus environment I do not have the health to travel to be with all you to remember my mom as she passes. I want everyone to know how much I love and miss my mom. When I was recovering from my Leukemia stem cell transplant in 2015 my mom was 88. She came down from Tonawanda to stay with me and take me to my oncology doctor follow up appointments. 88 years old, lovingly expending herself to help me. I will be lucky to be alive at 88 and certainly not healthy enough to push a wheel chair. One time as mom was pushing me across a carpeted area of the cancer center I slyly reached down and engaged the wheel brake. I laughed and mom didn't say a thing. She just started to walk away and she said "now you can go get your own coffee" Mom was a nice person. She always had something good to say about everyone. When you see a cardinal bird think of mom. She loved to watch the birds at the feeder. If you go to Sedona AZ or Laguna Beach, CA think of mom she loved both places. If you plant flowers in your garden think of mom. She loved to work in her garden. I could write forever and still not say or convey all that mom was. Good bye mom I am so sorry I couldn't be there with you to kiss you goodby and say I love you one more time. They say we live on in the memories of those we leave behind. Mom I will think about you till my last day. Goodby mom, I love you! Jeff
Jeffery Bailey
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