Ferelene E. Bailey, 75, nursing chief

October 01, 2005

Ferelene E. Bailey, a nurse and health administrator for a state agency, died of complications after surgery Sunday at Kernan Hospital, where she was being treated for a knee condition. The Forest Park resident was 75.

Born Ferelene Ellington in Hagerstown, she studied nursing at the former Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va. She then lived in Japan and France with her husband of 31 years, Vernon Moss Bailey Sr., an Army master sergeant.

After moving to Baltimore in 1964, she earned a nursing diploma at the old Provident Hospital. She earned a nursing degree from what is now Coppin State University and a master's degree from the University of Maryland's School of Nursing.

She was a staff nurse and an assistant director of nursing at Provident for many years. At her death, she was an administrator for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services at Reisterstown Road Plaza and had earlier worked at the state penitentiary.

Family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. today at the Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave., where she was a member. An 11 a.m. funeral follows.

Survivors include a son, Harold L. Bailey of Baltimore; two daughters, F. Nanette Bailey of Los Angeles and LaTanya Bailey Jones of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Olivia Simmons of Philadelphia; and two granddaughters. A son, Vernon Moss Bailey Jr., died in 1985. Her husband died in 1981.

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