“Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for your professional, compassionate spirit at my grandfather, T. G’s, funeral. I remember when you buried my grandmother 25 years ago (I was 7!), and your smiling face is just the same. The professionalism of your staff will always stand out in my mind when I remember this time. That is a precious gift. Thank you.
— M. D.
Eleanor E. Bailey
August 17, 1924 - January 02, 2013
Eleanor E. Bailey, age 88 of Plainfield, IL passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. Born Aug. 17, 1924 in Point Pleasant, WV, the daughter of the late Revna and Vada (nee Lewis) King. The third of eight children, she graduated from Wahama High School in Mason, WV with the Class of 1943.
Eleanor was a talented and devoted mother to two daughters, Sheila (Ernest) Rossi of Naperville, IL and Sharon (Glen) Bates of Kennebuckport, ME. Eleanor adored babies and was a loving and devoted grandmother to Hilary Bates of Morris Plains, NJ; Michael (Paula) Rossi of Aurora, IL; Todd Rossi of Chicago, IL; Megan Bates of Boston, MA and David Rossi of Idaho Falls, ID, and to her great-granddaughters, Raja and Ereni Rossi of Aurora, IL.
Eleanor is survived by her sisters Velma Luckeydoo and Patsy Shinn and brother Nick King all of WV. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Catherine Reynolds and her brothers Revna, Charles and James King. While rearing her daughters, Eleanor served as Roosevelt Elementary School’s PTA President as well as Brownie Scout Leader. Her sewing talents were most notably displayed in the lavish and original Halloween and dance costumes she created for her daughters on through to their wedding trousseaus. Eleanor served on many committees and as a deacon at the First United Presbyterian Church and worked for a number of years in retail at The Hub Department Store in Steubenville, OH. Always interested in beauty and art, Eleanor was a dedicated master gardener and a talented painter in oils. She was an avid quilter and had belonged to several quilting groups as well as the Naper Settlement Weed Ladies. She was a member of Grace United Methodist church in Naperville.
Eleanor will be remembered for living her life with grace and generosity of spirit. She was a true and loyal friend who tried to make the world a more beautiful place. To know her was to love her.
Eleanor loved animals, especially dogs, and cherished her pets over the years: Duchess, Otto, and Susie, as well as her “grand” pups, Molly, Maggie and Rosie. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eleanor’s name to the Edward Hospital Foundation’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program, 801 S. Washington St., Naperville, Il 60540
A Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville, IL 60540, with a memorial service to follow at 3:00 PM. Inurnment will be private.