Joan Bailey, 81 - September 18, 2012Joan Bailey, 81, of Ogallala passed away Sept. 18, 2012, at Ogallala Community Hospital.
Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Draucker Funeral Home at Ogallala. The funeral service will be Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Ogallala First Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis Tschetter officiating.
Interment is in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Bailey was born Emilyne Joan Friesenborg in Gothenburg on Feb. 10, 1931, to Emil and Hattie (Nelson) Friesenborg.
She enjoyed church activities and music growing up, playing the baritone horn in the marching band. She also volunteered serving American World War II troops at the North Platte Canteen as a young teenager. She graduated as the valedictorian of her Gothenburg High School class of 1949.
She went to work for the Platte Valley Public Power and Irrigation District where she met electrical lineman Richard Bailey, whom she married on Sept. 20, 1953. After her husband’s naval service during the Korean Conflict, the couple moved to Lincoln so he could pursue his degree at the University of Nebraska. After his graduation, they lived in Springfield, IL for two years.
In 1961, they moved to Ogallala as her husband accepted a job at TRW, where they remained until 1989. The couple moved to Orlando, FL, for one year and then Auburn, for three years until Richard’s retirement from NPPD in 1993, when they retired to their Ogallala home.
Joan taught piano lessons in the 1960s and worked as the Ogallala “Welcome Wagon” hostess for 13 years. She also sold Jewels by Park Lane and worked for the Ogallala Sears store.
She was highly involved in the Ogallala First Baptist Church, its choir and served as a church pianist and organist for 27 years. She sang with the Sweet Adelines for a time. Her hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, cooking and her pet Boston terriers. She was involved with the Christian Women’s Club and Bible studies for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, friend and homemaker, the family said.
Bailey was preceded in death by her husband Richard in 2010.
She is survived by: three children—Susan Bailey of Ogallala, Greg Bailey of Gainesville, FL, and Tim Bailey of Ogallala; two brothers—Nelton (Ruth) Friesenborg of Sun City West, AZ, and Gaylan (Leona) Friesenborg of Cape Girardeau, MO; two sisters-in-law—Ramona Benjamin of North Platte and Delores Rodine of Gothenburg; six grandchildren—Kai, Karli, Jamie, Samuel, Molly and Adam; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established to the First Baptist Church.
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