Pearl Bailey of Ryder Lake passed away peacefully at her home, the afternoon of Friday, Mar. 26, 2004.
A pioneer woman, who enjoyed life and was fortunate to experience the world with its transitions; from the wagon trails to the Concord and the landing on Mars.
Pearl Bailey was a life long member of the Ryder Lake Farmer’s and Women’s Institute. She was one of the first chartered members of the women’s institute and held a position of secretary. The wife of a woodsman, guide/trapper and dairy farmer, Pearl always welcomed visitors and was ready to serve afternoon tea or a meal on a split second of notice.
Pearl was the mother of four children, Sharon (Don Logan), twins Diane (Al Warner) and Dalyn (Hugh Sexsmith), and son Gregg (JoAnn).
Pearl attended Normal School to become a school teacher, she returned to her trained profession, after she raised her children, as a teacher-on-call. Turkey was served at many family gatherings by Pearl, along with her famous apple pie.
Her family, extended family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a major part of her life. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Cindy (Jim Polinik) daughter of Sharon, Patty (Len Blackstock); Eric (Lorraine warner) daughter and son of Diane, Janet (Sandy Mathies), Julie (Dan Meloshinsky), Clarke (Linda Sexsmith) children of Dalyn; Matthew and Nicole; children of Gregg.
Pearl was interested in all her family and her great-grandchildren will miss her for her teasing and spoiling. Kyla and Bridgeman (Cindy’s children); Bailey and Landon (Patty’s sons); Katerra and Braden (Eric’s children); Christina, Jessica and Olivia (Janet’s daughters); Scott and Aleasha (Julie’s children).
Pearl was predeceased by her parents, Nathanial and Jenny McNair; her husband of over 50 years of marriage ‘Bridge’ in 1989. Pearl was also previously deceased by her sisters, Vivian, Emma and Lenore.
She is survived by one sister Dawn Daley.
A Celebration of Life for Edna (Pearl) Bailey (McNair) will be held by her children, with the W.I. serving tea and coffee at the Ryder Lake Community Hall, Elkview Rd., Ryder Lake, Saturday, Apr. 3, 2004 between 1:30-3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to the Ryder Lake W.I.; Canadian Diabetes or Cystic Fibrosis, Vancouver Chapter.