Baker City, 1949-2020
Gloria Bailey, 70, of Baker City, died Feb. 8, 2020, at her home, surrounded by family.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled later, with the place and time to be announced.
Gloria Jean Bailey was born on Dec. 10, 1949, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker to Francis and Dorothy Phillips. She was raised and educated in both Baker and Union counties. Gloria was very active in school with the pep club for school sports. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1968.
Gloria worked as a CNA at St. Elizabeth’s in Baker City and at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. She also worked at various senior living facilities. Nursing was a passion and caring for the ill and aged made her career fulfilled.
Gloria loved dear sweet Doug Bailey to the depths of her soul and supported him in all his endeavors. They met at her sister’s wedding on Feb. 13, 1969, and were married on June 5, 1971, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City.
Drag racing was a passion for both Doug and Gloria. They especially loved racing in their ’72 Chevy pickup in Walla Walla and the Boise Nightfire event. The togetherness, hand-holding, laughter, sorrow, win, lose — it was always wild while they were together.
Gloria’s children made her life complete with much happiness to see the boys grow up, though it was much too fast. They gave her grandchildren that she so very dearly loved and cherished.
Gloria wrote this information to be added to her obituary: “I love you all, remember our picnics, rodeos, water fights and rock surfing at Catherine Creek, we had a lot of fun. Thank you all for making my life. Get healthy, be happy and wise up (haha-hee-hee).”
Gloria is survived by her sons, Douglas “Mic” and Brent Bailey “BA Babs”; her grandchildren, Gage, Darian, Jasey and Keegan Bailey, and Issac Nordbye; her great-granddaughter, Blakely Guilliams; her sisters, Shirley Rogers and Patty Phillips; and numerous nephews, nieces, greats and great-greats, aunts, uncles and cousins galore.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Doug Bailey; her sister, Marjorie Miller; her brother-in-law, Chuck Rogers; and her cousin, Debra Burris-Bradley.
For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Gloria, the family suggests either Shriners Hospital or Special Olympics through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be made at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com