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Frances Bailey

Posted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

On Dec. 9, 1917, Frances Bailey was born during a blizzard in a sod house on a homestead in Saskatchewan, Canada and died on a beautiful spring day, April 24, 2013.

In 1919, her family moved to Orland in the hope of finding a better life.

Frances graduated from Chico State and took a teaching position. While at Chico State, she met Doyle Bailey, her husband of 41 years.

Doyle received his commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and they were married in Carson City, Nevada. After WWII, Doyle and Frances moved to Paso Robles where they both had long and distinguished teaching careers and raised their two sons, Bud and John. Frances taught mostly second grade and is still fondly remembered by many in the community as “Mrs. Bailey.”

In retirement, Frances and Doyle traveled, opened a photography studio and doted over their first granddaughter.

After Doyle’s death in 1983, Frances immersed herself in the art of quilting. Over these last 30 years, Frances has taught quilting to literally hundreds of ladies who have become life-long friends. Frances was a member of the California Retired Teacher Association, the Quilt Guild, and many other groups of dear friends: her Thursday night ladies, the “Wednesday Wonders” and several other groups that met on a regular basis.

Frances loved her flower garden, spending many long hours pruning, planting and watering. The return of spring with its color and vitality was always an inspiration to our dear Frances. She was all about being colorful in her quilts, flowers and her life.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Bailey, son, John Bailey and brothers, Robert, Bill, John and a sister, Betty.

Frances is survived by a son Willard (Bud) Bailey (Janis), grandchildren Maggie (Evan Morones), Megan, Molly (Rick Tyson) and Morgan (Danny Bakst), Stephen Vieting and four great-grandchildren John, Jake, Lyla and Django.

In lieu of flowers, there will be a scholarship set up in her name. Send checks to Betty Williams, 580 Pescado Ln., Atascadero, CA 93422.

Checks should be payable to “CalRTA Div. 86 Scholarship Committee” in honor of Frances Bailey.

A memorial gathering will be held at 1p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Culinary Academy 1900 Golden Hills Road in Paso Robles.

Come share in the life of this “quilter extraordinaire.” Sign her guest book at san luisobispo.com/obituaries.

For the complete article see the 05-03-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 05-03-2013 paper.

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