Gwendolyn J. Bailey

September 05, 1937 ‒ August 25, 2014

Delaware, Ohio

Gwendolyn J. Bailey, age 76 of Delaware passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born in Westerville on September 5, 1937 to the late R. Gordon and Mary Jane (Johnson) Walker. A graduate of Big Walnut High School in 1955, she met Marvin Bailey at a square dance during her school years. They were married shortly after and together shared 58 wonderful years, caring for the needs of each other and raising a family.

After her children were raised, she became a librarian for Carlisle and Willis Schools. Through her 26 years with the Delaware City School System, she took pleasure in seeing the accomplishments of the many students who passed through her library doors and was grateful for any affect she had upon them.

Gwen was a devoted member of Grace United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir, and was active in the Worth While Sunday school class and numerous committees of the church.  A woman of kindness and compassion, she was always concerned about the needs of others and especially her family.

Hard to pick a favorite, everything she cooked was wonderful. She also possessed a strong work ethic. She enjoyed reading and traveling, family trips to Gatlinburg will always remain special.  Forever a proud librarian, she will be remembered for her caring ways and love of family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband Marvin, sons Bruce of Delaware, Keith of Gahanna, Rev. Steve (Marcie) Bailey of Independence, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild with one more expected, sister Wanda Mantor of Sunbury, brothers Don (Sylvia) Walker of Columbus, Dale Walker of Sunbury, and a host of friends.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Grace United Methodist Church, 385 E. William St., Delaware where services celebrating the life of Gwendolyn Bailey will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday with Rev. David Carter and Rev. Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Trenton Cemetery, Condit. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Marvin and family,

    Words cannot express how sorry I was to hear about the trouble with Gwen from Jerry and Rose Miller while I was at Grady for a routine doctor visit. Gwen was so fun to talk to and to be around. I will miss her dearly but I am assured that she is with God. I know she is not in pain or hurting any more. If I can help in any way please don’t hesitate to ask.

    In sincere sympathy,

    Ronald and Amber Elliott

  • Blessings to Steve, Marcie and the whole family! You are in our prayers.
    With love, Andy & Gail Angel

  • The news of Gwen’s passing was so emotional for me. She was part of the reason I started at Grace. Her and Marvin were so loving and kind when I first came and for the 20 years I have been there. Her smile lit up the room and her quiet yet sincere voice was so soothing. She last time I saw her at Grace was the day I left for Maryland. She was using the walker and I asked her how she was doing and she said getting around better and this thing helps me push people along that get in the way. She smiled, gave me a hug and moved along. She also was very outspoken about how she felt about things and still did it in a quiet way. I will miss you bunches Gwen Bailey.
    With much love
    Bonnie Lennartz

  • It’s hard to know quite what to say to ease the grief you bear
    Please just accept these heartfelt thoughts and know that others care.
    With Deepest Sympathy.
    Ruby (Comstock) Nettelhorst

  • Our condolences to Marvin and the family of Gwen Bailey. Losing a dearly loved one is very difficult for all. She and Marvin were good friends and classmates and we will miss her. Our prayers go out to the family and to Marvin. God bless you all.
    Bill and Linda Richardson

  • My heart-felt condolences Marvin to you and your families. Gwen was one of the sweetest women I have ever know.
    My Love, Prayers, Strength and Peace surround all of you.

    Nancy Terry

  • Marvin & family, I am so sorry to hear about Gwen. She was such a caring person and I always thought highly of both of you. She will be missed by so many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My condolences goes to Marvin and family. You are in my prayers.
    In sincere sympathy
    Bob Richardson

  • Marvin,
    Jim & I were so sorry to read of Gwen’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Marvin & Family, I was blessed to work closely with Gwen at Carlisle School. She was a hard worker and a good friend! Her family, church, friends and students were very important to her. She will be sadly missed by many. May the good memories help you heal. We all know she is in a beautiful place! Sincerely, Peg Benziger

  • We will always remember how happy and lively Gwen was at Sarah’s baby shower before Lilly was born. She was so excited about having a great grandchild. We know she adored Lilly and would have loved Violet when she arrived. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Gwen was a very sweet person and a wonderful friend. I enjoyed working with her at Carlisle.Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • I am truly sorry for your loss. Please be assured that all loved ones have the opportunity to be in our heavenly fathers memory for a resurrection. The day will come when the memorial tombs will open and the dead will arise.

  • Marvin, I heard of your lose at church today. I am so sorry to hear this news. Will be keeping you and the family in prayer in the weeks to come. You are such a good person and I was blessed to have worked with your father. Cling to your faith at this time. Marsha