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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  • Don, Dave, & Kristy,
    So sorry to hear about Jaunita. I really liked her. But hopefully, she is in a better place, with no pain.
    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend services or calling hours, due to my own health.
    Holding you all have a better day.

  • Erik and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to all the Bailey family. Your mother was a wonderful person and we know that she will be greatly missed by all of you. God bless all of you at this difficult time. Sending thoughts and prayers to Don, Shannon and all of Don’s family. With much love, Sallie

  • Dave and family: Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I only met her once while we were in nursing school. She did a great service to the MR/DD community at Echoing Hills. May God be with you during this time of need.

  • I wish to say my condolence to sons of jaunita Dave, Don & grand daughter Kristy. She was a big part of my life growing up lived Nextdoor to our family in Roscoe, took me with her to echoing hills to teach me nursing skills when only 13 yes old,from there she encouraged me into nursing. She was a very special person to me and will always be in my heart! God Bless you all and love always!

  • She was loved by many. We miss you .jaunita we will have our tea in heaven.I have a lot to thank you. You touched many lives. We sure will miss your love and the hats specialy the red. Will keep your family in our prayers. Say hello to Pete.

  • Dave and family. So glad I had the honor of knowing and loving your mom. She was quite a lady and I wish I had known her “before”.So sorry I missed her memorial service .

  • I’m sorry for the loss of your loved one. It’s comforting to know you have the opportunity to be reunited with “JUANITA” again in the future,by means of the resurrection hope right here on earth.(John 11:35-44) At that time, she will no longer say “I am sick”.(Isaiah 33:24)