Avis Bailey

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Avis Jean Bailey
May 30, 1936 - February 7, 2015
Avis Jean Bailey, 78, of Nampa, passed away, Saturday, February 7, 2015 surrounded by family at Trinity Mission of Holly. Jeannie was born to Norton and Clarice Lien and was an only child. Shortly after her birth, Clarice was taken to be with the Lord. Ida Lien joined the family and took on the blessing of raising Jean as her own. The Lien family of 3 moved to California in the late 40's and Jean attended public school in the Los Angeles School District, graduating from South Gate High School June, 1954.
Jean married Bill Bailey in February 1955 and as a young couple they welcomed and raised 3 children over the ensuing years. As wife & mother Jean balanced family and career as she worked both in and out of the home. Together the couple began a small business with Jean handling the office and Bill in the field providing hands-on training to their three children. As time changed so did her life with Bill.
With children grown and living out on her own Jean found the love of her life, Delton Douglas Johnson in the summer of 1978. The couple then spent the next 33 years happily arguing the nuances of life while living in various areas of Southern California until August 2008 when Jean relocated to Nampa, Idaho to live with her youngest daughter, Linda Haemker.
Jean was loved in her life and got to celebrate the births of 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. The family will always remember each time we left her smile; she would blow kisses and wait until we were almost out of sight to sneak in one more kiss. She will be missed dearly!
Jean is survived by her three children: daughter, Lori (Doug) Weston; son, Bill Bailey, Jr.; daughter, Linda (Jim) Haemker; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 3 pm at Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa. To share a memory of Jean or to offer condolences to Jean's family, please visit www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 13, 2015