Mildred Eleanor Bailey
Ipswich, Mass. — Mildred Eleanor Bailey, 95, former long-time resident of Lebanon, died peacefully March 5, 2013 in Ipswich, in the loving presence of her daughter and son-in-law.
Born December 9, 1917 in Fitchburg, Mass. to Walter A. and Marguerite (Pierce) Gigger, Mildred attended schools in Hartford, Conn. and Providence, R.I., graduating from Providence’s Hope Street High School in 1935. During her school years and afterwards she enjoyed tennis, skiing, big band music and had an interest in fashion design, taking Saturday morning classes at Rhode Island School of Design while in high school. After high school Mildred attended Katharine Gibbs School, eventually taking a secretarial position with Narragansett Electric Company.
On May 30, 1942, she married Emory P. Bailey. They would eventually have three children, a daughter and two sons. After service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Emory’s job with the New England Electric System would bring the family to Weymouth, Mass. in 1948 and 10 years after that to Lebanon, N.H. A cheerful and outgoing person, Mildred quickly made friends wherever they lived and was involved in many activities.
Among Mildred’s interests were knitting and sewing, golf, playing bridge, painting, taking art classes, reading, being with friends, and her two dachshunds. She was a member of the Lebanon Women’s Club, for a long while serving as secretary. Mildred and Emory also enjoyed traveling. Later in life, in her 80s, Mildred learned to use a computer and enjoyed designing her own greeting cards.
For many years Mildred was involved in volunteer activities. She served as volunteer secretary/receptionist at Red Cross blood drives in Lebanon, and, among other things, volunteered at the Lebanon High School library and the gift shops of both local hospitals.
Mildred moved to Ipswich in 2009 to live with her daughter and son-in-law.
Mildred is survived by daugher Xenia (Linda) Schneider and son-in-law Father Spyridon (Frederick) Schneider of Ipswich, son Stephen and daughter-in-law Nancy of West Lebanon, son Alan and daughter-in-law Joanne of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband in 2000 and brother Richard in 2007.
Mildred was a dear mother and person much loved by her family. She will be missed.
A funeral service of moving beauty was held for her March 7 at The Orthodox Church of St. John the Russian in Ipswich, her son-in-law Father Spyridon officiating. Burial in Lebanon will be later this year on a yet-to-be-determined date.