Posted: Tue 1:53 PM, Mar 18, 2014
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
At 6:25 pm on March 17, 2014 the world lost one of the most beautiful,
loving, compassionate and caring women to have ever graced this earth.
Barbara Taylor McFillen Bailey decided to end her battle with Alzheimer's and join her parents in heaven. She was surrounded at home by her loving family and passed away peacefully.
She was born August 29,1952 in Pittsburg, California to USAF Sgt. Robert and Jane McFillen who passed before her.
At the age of one she and her mother boarded a troop ship and joined her father in Japan. Being the daughter of a career military man she lived in Virginia, Alaska, New Mexico, Maryland, and in 1969 her father retired in Tampa, Florida.
She graduated from Robinson High School in Tampa in 1970 and began her working career at Travelers Insurance. In 1972 she met a young airman named Greg Bailey who was stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa. They were married on September 1 of that year. In 1974 at her husband's discharge from active duty they moved to Parkersburg where she began her 30 year career at St Joseph Hospital where she retired in 2004 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
During the next 3 years she traveled with Greg until her health declined. At this time she was constantly watched over by her 2 Dalmatians Lucky and Patches who preceded her in death. Barbara
enjoyed crafting, traveling, and most of all spending time with family and friends.
In addition to her husband she is survived by son Robert (Rachele) Bailey and granddaughter Isabella of Garland, TX, Granddaughter Amber Bailey of Parkersburg, son Jason Bailey of Parkersburg. Sisters Debbie (Billie Jo) Taylor of Dothan, AL, Patty (Jack) Oppel nephews Gage and Garrett of Lake Kiowa, TX. Her special Dad and Mom who she loved dearly Pete and Winnie Bailey of Parkersburg, brother in law Jon Bailey and nephew Derek Bailey of Parkersburg, nephew Jordan (Sarah) Bailey, Christian, Nicolas, Peter, and Augustine of Vienna. Cousins Dr. Paul and Betty Modie, and a special group of friends who gather at the City Park who cared for her deeply.
The family would like to thank caregivers Becki Rhodes, Sabrina Shuman, Rhonda Stone, Jamie Metz, and Amedisys Hospice group for the loving care they provided.
At Barbara's request she will be cremated with her ashes
spread at her favorite vacation spot. There will be no funeral or visitation but a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Her husband would like to recognize his parents Pete and Winnie who not only loved Barbara but also provided care for her. And lastly her son Jason who cherished the ground his mother walked on and was her angel here on earth.
Contributions can be made in Barbara's memory to your local Alzheimer's Chapter.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com