CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Virginia Vinyard Bailey passed away on July 8, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau.
Born Nov. 16, 1916, in Cape Girardeau to Benjamin and Lura Gee Vinyard, she spent most of her life in Portageville.
She is survived by her husband, Judge John R. Bailey, retired; three daughters, Barbara Bailey Bradford of St. Louis, Marcia Bailey Planchon of Memphis, Tenn., and Rebecca Bailey Betz of Cape Girardeau; and seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and earned degrees in French and English. She taught French at Portageville High School for 16 years and traveled extensively with her husband to more than 30 countries on five continents but her favorite destination was always France where they returned on numerous trips. Mrs. Bailey was a charter member of P.E.O. Chapter GU in Portageville and became a member of chapter BI in Cape Girardeau when she and Judge Bailey moved there nine years ago. She was also active in the Portageville Garden Club and the Girl Scouts of America. Judge and Mrs. Bailey were longtime members of the Portageville United Methodist Church but upon moving to Cape Girardeau she returned to the First Presbyterian Church, the church of her youth,.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bailey will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday July 13 at the Ford and Sons Funeral Home at 1001 N. Mt. Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Bill Vincent will officiate. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.