|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1920|
Hot Springs County
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 2010|
"You now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."
H.L. "Vern" Bailey, 90, of Brinnon, WA, died Saturday, November 27, 2010, at his home.
Vern was born July 5, 1920, at Cottonwood Creek, Hot Springs County, Wyoming, to Wirt and Geneva (Hedgecock) Bailey. He came to Brinnon in 1939 to visit his family, and there met Ida Martha Bunnell. They married in Quilcene, WA, August 29, 1941, and bought 80 acres upriver from Ida's parents on the Dosewallips River, where they farmed, raised their family, and enjoyed 69 years of marriage. Ida's father taught Vern to log using a crosscut saw and springboard.
A WWII Veteran, Vern served with the U.S. Army in the 21st Infantry Regiment 24th Division, from 1944 through 1946. As a Combat Infantryman, he was assigned to the Southern Philippines and Luzon for the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, where he earned a Purple Heart.
After his discharge, he returned to logging and farming and built the family home. His last 10 years of employment were for the Washington State Shellfish Lab at Point Whitney, Brinnon.
Vern and Ida joined a group headed by Ruth Mueller to start a church in Brinnon. The Brinnon Community Church was formed and they became charter members. They helped build the first church building, which was finished and dedicated in 1959. For many years, Vern served on the church board and as a deacon and trustee.
The Brinnon Cemetery was one acre, donated by Ewell Brinnon. Vern and Ida were instrumental in setting up a cemetery board, forming Jefferson County Cemetery District #1 and obtaining additional land for the cemetery. Vern served as Chairman of the Board for 27 years.
Vern served on the Brinnon School Board for several terms. The Brinnon School and gym were built during his first term of office.
Bill Whitney of Whitney Gardens, a good friend, taught Vern and Ida how to hybridize plants. They specialized in deciduous azaleas and developed a small nursery business. They named and registered several of their best azaleas, including "Buttons and Bows" and "Brinnon Beauty".
Vern and Ida loved horseback and backpack camping trips into the Olympic, taking their daughters and later their grandchildren. One of many hobbies was photographing wild flowers; Mount Townsend being a favorite spot.
Vern and Ida were always interested in the history of Brinnon. They spent about 15 years researching and collecting photographs from the pioneer families. Their book, "Brinnon--A Scrapbook of History" was published in 1997. In 2010, the Baileys donated all rights to their book to the Quilcene Historical Society, who reprinted the book, which was released in June, 2010.
Vern is survived by his wife, Ida; daughters Mary Ann Stamper (Ben), Susan Bates and Myrtle Corey (Terry); 8 greandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren and sister June Pope. he is preceded in death by son Billy who died in 1954, son-in-law Pete Bates, brothers Jack and Norman and sisters Iris Yount and Wilma Jacobs.
A private inurnment was held by the family in early December at the Brinnon Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Children's Hospital, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005 or the Brinnon Community Church, PO Box 151, Brinnon, WA 98320.
Wirt Bailey (1885 - 1947)
Geneva Hedgecock Bailey (1899 - 1993)
Wm. Henry "Billy" Bailey (1948 - 1954)*
Harry L Bailey (1920 - 2010)
Wilma Francis Bailey Jacobs (1922 - 2004)*
Created by: MaryAnn Stamper
Record added: May 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90631174
Thank you for your service.|
Added: Nov. 26, 2013
Miss you, Daddy. Wish I had a picture of one of your azaleas, instead!|
Added: May. 23, 2012