Cecil Mae Bailey, longtime resident of Wallowa County, passed away Oct. 25, 2001, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

She was born in John Day to Harry and Myrtle McKern of Mt. Vernon, Oreg. She was the eldest of four daughters. Cecil graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, where she met her future husband, Bill Bailey. They were married in 1939 in Lewiston, Idaho and have been married 62 wonderful years.

Cec and Bill moved to Wallowa County in 1947 and made their home in Joseph. Cecil Mae was very active in Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and was an organizer for the Order of Rainbow for Girls in Joseph, serving as its first Mother Advisor. Cecil was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi. In the early 1960’s, Cecil and Bill moved to Imnaha, where they have lived since.
Cecil Mae was a devoted wife, and enjoyed music, her flowers, neighbors and friends and her nieces and nephews. She especially enjoyed her niece Lana, who was the joy of her life and along with Bill, was her caregiver for the past two years.

Survivors include her loving husband Bill; sister and brother-in-law Harryette and Erle Anderson of Albany; brother-in-law George Justice of Enterprise; sister-in-law Lola Jacobs of John Day; and nieces and nephews, Lana and J.R. Arnold of Imnaha, Connie and Bruce Harpole and Jeff and Kelly Anderson of Albany, and Merlyn and Donna Black of Livermore, Calif. She is also survived by numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, who loved their Aunt “Cece” a lot.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Dorothy Coots Justice and Dollie Lee Reinertson.

Services for Cecil Mae will held at Bollman Funeral Home, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Contributions may be made to the charity of choice in her memory.


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