“And when the gates of heaven opened, the angels rejoiced, for one of their own had returned.”

Elizabeth Maude “Bette” Bailey, age 85, was called home by God with family by her side at her home in Reno, NV on Sunday May 3, 2015.

Born May 7, 1929 in San Francisco, California to Nellie and Edwin King. Elizabeth was an only child.

She moved with her parents to McCloud, CA, where she later met the love of her life, Jefferson R. Bailey. They were married November 14, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in McCloud, CA. They made their home in the small little mill town where they raised their 3 sons.

While living in San Francisco, Elizabeth was one of the original Seals girls at the Seals Stadium (San Francisco’s professional baseball team at the time). She also worked as a telephone operator in McCloud and later on, worked with the road patching crew for the US Forest Service in McCloud. Even though she said that job was the hardest and most demanding, she worked with a group of close friends and cherished her time there.

Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma and friend. She always had a smile on her face and a wave for all she passed. Everyone that met her fell in love with her for her kind heart and warm smile. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-inlaw, Jeff and Connie Bailey of Redding, CA, James “Hobie” and Neva Bailey of McCloud, CA and Richard and Melinda Bailey of Roseburg, OR. She also is survived by four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 26 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 321 W. Colombero, McCloud, California. There will be a reception at the Parish Hall immediately following.

The family would like to thank the staff at Saint Mary’s Hospital and Saint Mary’s Hospice for their help and support.

“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

In Lieu of flowers, Elizabeth requested that donations be made to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church restoration fund.