Shirley Leech Bailey, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 11, 2009 of heart complications at the age of 64.
She was born in Moab on May 19, 1945 to Dwight Leech and Elsie Mae Knight, the second of seven children.
She graduated from Grand County High School and then Brigham Young University with a degree in homemaking education. She married Richard (Dick) Bailey on Aug. 12, 1966.
Shirley and Dick moved to Oregon in 1970, first settling in Beaverton, then later in West Linn. As a member of the LDS church she served faithfully in the Relief Society and Primary organization as well as serving as the pianist for various auxiliaries for many years. She had a great love of music and it was always a part of her life.
She also enjoyed her affiliation with the Lake Oswego Family History Center, serving as its director for a number of years.
All the members of her immediate and extended family know that they were important to her. She is survived by her husband, Dick Bailey, and her children, Scott (Becky) Bailey, and Heather (David) Nielson. She has nine grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Reed Leech of LaJara, Colo., and Rex Leech of Kaysville Utah, and sisters, Linda Leech and Carolyn Stiles, both of Moab.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Dwight and Elsie, baby sister, Mary Elizabeth, and brother, Don.
Funeral services were held on June 16, 2009 in West Linn, Oreg., and she was interred in the Vine Bluff Cemetery in Nephi, Utah on June 20, 2009.