|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 2012|
DONNA TEXAS - On March 27, 2012, Martha Jane Coil Bailey, 91, was called home to rest after a lifetime of service to family, friends and community. She has resided in Leander, Texas, since 2005. Janey was preceded in death by Harry, her husband of 65 years.
Janey was born in Enid, Oklahoma on July 2, 1920, to C. N. and Metta Melinda Smith Coil. She attended high school in Rockford, Illinois where she met her future husband, Harry Bailey.
Janey excelled in music, played violin and was selected to play in the all state orchestra. She married Harry in 1941 and moved to Donna during the war. In 2005, the couple moved to the Austin area to be closer to their children.
A gifted teacher, Janey loved giving children the joy of learning. In Donna, she is fondly remembered by two generations of former students, at both the Donna Kindergarten and at the First Christian Church Sunday school.
For her kindergarten children to perform, Janey wrote "The Twelve Days of Christmas ? Texas Style," still sung by Texas choruses. After Reader's Digest published the lyrics, Neiman-Marcus portrayed them on their Christmas gift wrap. For children everywhere, Janey wrote "The Wooden Bicycle," a delightful book about the importance of dreams and perseverance.
Among those left behind to cherish her memory are her children Mike Bailey and wife Eva in Fort Worth, Bonnie Papick and husband Phil in Leander, Pat Bailey and wife Diana in Austin, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, five nieces and one nephew.
A private memorial service was held in Leander. Those wishing to contact family members may write C/O Mike Bailey, 3609 Horace Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76244.
Published in The Monitor on April 1, 2012
Created by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
Record added: Apr 03, 2012
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