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Shirley Marie Bailey

May 7, 1920 - January 11, 2019

Shirley Marie Bailey


Shirley was born May 7, 1920 in McCleary, Washington to Edward and Emma Gotcher. Throughout her childhood, she lived in various cities in Washington, California, and Oregon, eventually settling in Portland. Her younger sister, Gloria, joined the family when Shirley was six. Shirley attended Sunnyside Elementary School and Washington High School. After graduating, she worked as a stenographer for a Portland creamery.


On June 19, 1943, Shirley married Clarence Lester Bailey. They lived in SE Portland, in a home they built, raising their sons Daniel (born 1944) and Joel (born 1953). Shirley was a dedicated mother, caring for her family and making sure their needs were always met. In her free time, she enjoyed hosting friends and family for meals and pinochle games. Her garden was always a thing of beauty, and she devoted many hours to its care; jars and jars of delicious preserved fruits are remembered by those close to her. When the boys were grown, Shirley and Les went on several road trips and camping trips, both by themselves and with family and friends, and they were able to see many beautiful places. After Les died in 1999, Shirley continued to live in their home in Portland until age 96, at which point she moved into a care facility.


She is survived by her son Joel, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.


“How old am I?”


“Grandma, you’re 98!”


“What? Why am I still here?!”


“Because you’re a rock star! What did you do to live such a long life?”


“Well, I ate a lot of vegetables.”


“Yeah? Like what?”


“Hm. Beets.”


“Ahh. So beets are the key to a long life?”




A funeral will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Willamette National Cemetery


11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97086

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