Lovie Bernice Bailey, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Polson, on December 18, 2012, surrounded by her family. A service was held for immediate family on December 19, 2012 at Grogan Funeral Home.
Lovie was born June 22, 1925 in Kimberly, Alberta Canada, while her mother Nora was visiting her parents. She was the 6th of 9 children born to George Kelly and Nora Adams Kelly. Her family moved to the Charlo area in 1926, where she started school. The final big move in April 1933, was made by horse drawn wagon to Valley View.
Lovie remembered her growing up years with fondness. During the summer of 1944, Lovie and friend Fern worked in the shipyards in Tacoma WA making rocket launchers for destroyers. Lovie graduated from Polson High School, class of 1945, and then attended Cadet Nursing School in Idaho Falls. She returned home to work at St Joseph Hospital.
She met Dean Bailey at a dance at the Polson Country Club. They started dating and were married May 19th, 1946. Lovie and Dean were partners in life; farming, milking cows, raising children, crops, gardens and bum lambs. They bought land and built a home near Polson. Dean worked at Sterling's Black Smith, then as mill right and aluminum welder. Lovie was a full time domestic engineer extraordinaire. She managed the needs of a large family as well as being involved in activities that were important to her and her children; swimming lessons, baseball, band, choir, and 4-H which included sewing, gardening, cooking, canning, dairy and beef calves. She was a 4-H Member, Parent and Leader, passing skills on to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. Lovie was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Mission Mountain Quilt Guild and a life long member of the Valley View Woman's Club.
Lovie, Dean and family returned to farm in Valley View in 1974.
Nearing retirement, she kept very active using her kitchen managing skills at Valley View Woman's Club dinners, the Pondera Restaurant and school lunchroom. Lovie's sewing skills served her well doing production sewing for Three Dog Down and Doctor Down.
Lovie enjoyed visiting friends and family, camping / fishing trips, swimming, picnics, gardening and quilting.
She took great pleasure in sewing, attended many Quilting classes. Always sharing her wonderful hand quilted projects with family and friends. Lovie felt honored when she was the Featured Quilter at the annual Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Show in 2010.
Lovie is preceded in death by daughter, Doral Diane (1955), husband, James Dean (1980), grandson, James Cecil (1980), and son Vernon Dewey (2009), parents; George Arthur (1980), Nora Frances (1992), four brothers; Glenn, Clell, John and Leo and two sisters; Glenna and Wilma.
Lovie is survived by nine children, Janice (Duane) Olsen, Jaqulyn (Kai) Christensen, James (Beverly) Bailey, Donna (Jerry) Benson, Walter (Kelly) Bailey, Carolyn Bailey, Russell (Aileen) Bailey, Todd (Helen) Bailey, Randi Bailey (Don Garcia)., Daughter-in-law Christine Andersen-Bailey, 25 Grandchildren, 25 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great great-granddaughter,
Lovie is also survived by two sisters, Leah (Calvin) Galloway, in Kalispell MT and Georgia (Ronald) Snyder, Deer Park WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. One of Lovie's cherished events, the Kelly Family Reunion, has taken place every two years since 1982.
Lovie and her Family wish Memorials be made to Valley View Woman's Club, attention Donna Benson, 41545 Forman Road, Polson MT 59860.
Join the family at the Memorial Service celebrating Lovie's life, March 16th, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Valley View Club House. Lunch provided following the service. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Read Lovie Bailey's Obituary and Guestbook on www.groganfuneralhome.com.