Anne BAILEY

BAILEY, Anne. 1922 – 2014. Anne Bailey (née Julia Anne Fraser) died in White Rock on January 13, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Bailey in 2007. Anne was born in Seattle on August 1, 1922, and spent her early years in California before coming to Vancouver at the age of ten. She attended Templeton Junior High School (Best Girl Athlete), Britannia High School and the Vancouver School of Art before marrying Ray, also of Vancouver. While raising four children – Richard, Clare, Phyllis and David – in Vancouver, Port Moody, Dartmouth, NS, Venezuela, and Coquitlam, Anne continued the study of art and played tennis, golf and bridge. They moved to White Rock in 1996. In her retirement years, Anne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, volunteered at the Port Moody Museum and White Rock United Church, visited and babysat grandchildren, did crossword puzzles with Ray, visited her cottage in Point Roberts, played ping pong, wrote letters and memoirs, and engaged in philosophical and semantic discussions at every opportunity. Anne and Ray are survived by their four children and families: Richard and Monika, with children Susan, Michael, James and Louise Bailey in Toronto; Clare and Jiri with Martin, Andrea and Nadine Raska in the Vancouver area; Phyllis with AJ and Graham Ross in Halifax; David and Ioana with Margaret, Daniel and Gabriel Bailey in Toronto. Susan and Rich brought the first great-grandchild, Finley Bailey Wong, into the family. After her death, Anne’s family were able to peruse over 100 years of art, family letters, diaries, photos and mementos. They were a reminder of Anne’s qualities and quirks. She was a household organizer, recycler extraordinaire, seamstress and mender, ukulele and recorder player, train traveller, packer of amazing quantities into small spaces, instinctive solver of the knapsack problem, fan of Doc Martin and CBC radio, letter writer, stickler for truth, and seeker of the meaning of life.


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