BAILEY, Helen Mae
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to announce the passing of Helen Mae Bailey on Sunday February 7,2010. Helen passed peacefully at her residence at Comox Valley Seniors Village.
Helen is survived and will really be missed by her husband of 57 years Harvey Bailey. Son Ron Bailey his wife Lilia their 2 boys Ryan and Rinaldo. Harvene’s 3 children Tamara McIntyre, her 2 boy’s Cole and Jessie. Levi McIntyre and his 2 girls Ajaira and Adell. Tyra McDonnell. Son Ray Bailey and his wife Michelle, their 3 children Natasha, Billy-Ray, Chelsea and Natasha’s boys Keegan and Kash. And Helen’s faithful cat of 17 years, Fife and numerous family and friends.
Helen was predeceased by her Parents Ray and Helen Edmonds her brother Charlie Edmonds and her daughter Harvene McIntyre.
Helen was born and raised in the Dovercourt area near Rocky Mountain House Alberta where she went to High School. Helen met Harvey during a visit to her Uncle Clair’s in Falkland B.C. Where they married and lived until moving back to Alberta. Helen and Harvey built and operated a Motel in Bowden as well as the White Rose gas station and cafe. They later moved to Olds where they built and operated the Siesta Motel and Texaco gas and bulk station. Helen and Harvey retired and left Olds in 1972 and tried their hand at farming north of Caroline where her father resided. They left Alberta in 1983 and found paradise on Vancouver Island where the spent there remaining retirement years.
“I can’t do that”was never uttered nor “you won’t be able to do that” was heard by Helen, she could do anything she set her mind to. From beautiful needlepoint portraits, to constructing 30 foot retaining walls made of stone. She could and would, “do it all”. Harvey once said “ when she figures out how to start it she’ll be able to run it”. Helen loved all of God’s creatures, from trying to domesticate a skunk to keeping the neighborhood racoons well fed.
Helen was an accomplished pilot and had flown in an air race from Calgary to Baton Rouge.
Helen and Harvey had traveled the world together, spent countless winters in Mexico, and became avid fishermen living on the west coast. Her love for the outdoors showed in her garden and her love for the ocean. Helen worked hard but also knew how to have fun as dancing was one of Helen and Harvey’s favorite pastimes. Helen also loved to play her piano and hearing her grandson’s fiddling music. Helen was game for any challenge like tubing behind the boat or tobogganing with her grand kids. We will miss her sharp wit and keen since of humor. We love you,
We would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on the second floor at Comox Valley Senior’s Village for their kind care given to Helen during her stay.
No service will be held as per Helen’s request.