Juanita B. Bailey
February 15, 1927 ‒ March 25, 2015
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Juanita Katherine Baker Bailey passed from this world on March 25, 2015. She was a woman who will be anonymous to the ages but epic to her time. Juanita was born On February 15, 1927.
At 16 she graduated high school early but was unable to start nursing school due to her age. Instead she joined the Curtiss-Wright Cadettes at Purdue University and studied aeronautical engineering, a program designed to support the war effort during World War II. Eventually she returned to nursing, studying at the Henry Ford Nursing School in Detroit, MI. Juanita enjoyed volunteering many years as the band nurse for River View High School Marching Band in Warsaw, Ohio. She was also camp nurse at Greenwood Lakes Camp in Delaware, Ohio and then at Camp Echoing Hills which led to her involvement as a founding member of Echoing Hills Village, a group of communities dedicated to those with special needs. There she was the Director of Nursing for 40+ years. Juanita was a woman who could have done, and did, whatever she wanted professionally yet it was her family that filled her with the most pride and gave her the greatest sense of accomplishment. She and her husband Pete (to whom she was married for over 50 years), spent a lifetime opening their loving, nurturing home, extending a helping hand to anyone in need; family, friends, animals and foster children. Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sons Gail and James “Jim”, adopted daughter Suzy and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Bailey. She is survived by sons Don (Shannon Sturgis) and David (Barbette), daughter Lora Marshall, grandchildren Kristy Bryant (Jason), Shadrack Bailey, Gabriel Bailey (Libby), Elise Dew (Gregory), Josh Bailey (Becky), Andrew Bailey, Makayla Bailey, Meredith Bailey, India Curtis, Shawn Marshall, Charles “Chuckie” Marshall, and Marjorie Marshall, as well as countless great-grandchildren. Juanita touched lives across oceans, across the country, across generations. She loved all and was loved by everyone she met.
A graveside service will be held at Noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be made in support of Echoing Hills, 36272 CR 79 Warsaw, Ohio 43844.
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