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Bonnie Bailey

Bonnie Bailey


Bonnie Lu Riddell Bailey passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021, at the age of 81 from complications of COVID. She was born in Kentucky; her parents moved to Oak Ridge and then to Powell, Tennessee. She graduated from Powell High School in 1958. She then earned her Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville .

She met her future husband, Bill Bailey, when she was 9 years old, and they were married for 56 years at the time of her death. Being career Air Force, she and Bill traveled the world. No matter where Bonnie lived, she was actively involved in her Church and community. Most recently she and Bill have lived in DeLand, FL where she was a member and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, she led the Prayer Ministry and the Mary Elizabeth Bible Study. Bonnie was a member of the Pansy Garden Club and The PEOs. She served on the City of DeLand Planning Board and was a graduate of the first class of Leadership DeLand. Bonnie was a teacher, friend, and mentor to many and was faithful in friendship, love, prayers, and support. She truly was a dedicated servant of the Lord.

She is predeceased by her parents, Merrily and Roger Riddell of Powell, Tennessee.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill, one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Harris (Ty), three Grandchildren: Bailey Estivaleti (Joao), Megan Carlisle, and Quinn Harris, and one Great-Grandson, Benjamin Estivaleti, as well as her sister Barbara Hudson (Chip) and two nephews: Matthew (Andrea) and Roger Allen (Wendy) Montgomery. Bonnie loved her family and friends.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2:00 First Presbyterian Church of DeLand with Pastor Michael Bodger officiating. Masks are required, and all COVID guidelines will be followed.

In the days ahead, friends may call at their convenience at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bonnie’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of DeLand.

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