Grace W. Bailey, 81

Maintenance worker

August 11, 2007

Grace W. Bailey, a homemaker who had been a maintenance worker and a bookbinder, died Monday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. She was 81.

Grace Williams was born and raised in Baltimore. She attended Douglass High School.

Mrs. Bailey worked as a maintenance worker in city public schools during the 1950s and 1960s before taking a job at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a bookbinder. In the early 1970s, she was a teaching assistant at what is now Coppin State University.

In 1955, Mrs. Bailey became a Jehovah's Witness.

"She was known for her kind generosity and giving spirit," said a daughter, Dr. Jessica Mae Bailey of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Mrs. Bailey, who lived on Gwynn Oak Avenue for more than 30 years, enjoyed reading and traveling. She was also a cat fancier and an avid flower gardener.

He husband of 49 years, Walter Bailey Jr., a Social Security Administration claims adjuster, died in 1990.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall, 4006 Ridgewood Ave.

Also surviving are a son, Ronald William Bailey of Baltimore; another daughter, Delvan Paige Bailey of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews. Another son, Bruce Walter Bailey, died in 1991.

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