TRAVERSE CITY — Carol Sue Bailey followed the Lord home when he reached out his hand on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. She passed away peacefully at Munson Medical Center in the loving care of her family. She was born Thursday, Sept. 24, 1936, in St. Louis, Mich., the last of eight children born to Buhl B. and Irene (Breece) Rhoades.
She graduated in 1954 from St. Louis High School and on Sept. 28, 1956, she was married by the Rev. Scott to Jim Bailey at the First Methodist Church in St. Louis.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; and three children, Jacque (Mark) Schroeder, of Brandon, Fla., and Tampa, Fla., Jim (Kim) Bailey and Terri (Carl) Townsend, all of Traverse City. She also is survived by eight beautiful grandchildren, Nick, Ricky and Alexandra Whitfeld, Amber and Reid Bailey, and Jake (Ashlee), Casey and Hannah Townsend. Also surviving are three step grandchildren, Elizabeth, Mark and Mera Schroeder, of Wisconsin. She leaves one great-granddaughter, Makenna Townsend, of Traverse City. Also surviving are her sister and best friend, Nancy (Herb) Hovey, of Elsie; a sister-in-law, Pat Rhoades-Hall, of Lake Leelanau; and a brother-in-law, Charles Parkes, of St. Louis. She leaves many loving nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Buhl B. Jr., Breece, Dick and Jerry; and two sisters, Mary Parkes and Margaret Worthy-Nelson. Also preceding her in death were brothers-in-law, Mike Worthy and Gordon Nelson; a sister-in-law, Barbara (Eldredge) Rhoades; and Chuck Hall, husband of sister-in-law, Pat Rhoades.
Carol loved watching their grandchildren’s sporting events, their musicals, dance recitals, etc., as well as being with her family and friends. She enjoyed her computer, antiques, collectibles, genealogy, yard and flower gardening, the Detroit Tigers, University of Maryland soccer, Major League Soccer, the TV show Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, trivia, playing cards, board games, family reunions, fishing, camping, bowling and sitting at her kitchen table looking out on the lake.
Carol spent 15 years working with Girl Scouting, worked with Cub Scouts, Girls Club and was the St. Louis Little League secretary, was the secretary of the St. Louis Recreation Council, a Pony League assistant coach, worked with the Carrie Knause School Recreation program, was a Carrie Knause Library volunteer and was involved with the St. Louis Sports Boosters.
Cremation has taken place. Per her wishes, no service will take place. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Alma.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Mercy Home Care and Hospice of Cadillac, 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Cadillac, MI 49601 or online at www.trinityhomehealth.org/make-a-donation.
Please share your memories and thoughts with Carol’s family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Traverse City.