A Story of Love Margie Bailey embodied love from the moment she breathed her first. Love consumed her until she breathed her last. Her life was love and service to God and to her fellow man. Love is the story of her life. Love is her legacy. In The beginning Born on December 28, 1930, Margie Bailey was the youngest child of Theodore and Tennie Parr. She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. Her sister, Margaret McGuire preceded her in death. Tennie Parr died when Margie was 12 years old, but as love would have it, Ms. Francis, A mother figure, neighbor and friend, continued to raise her and care for her. Ms. Francis, a very stylish woman herself, was a seamstress and it’s a sure bet that Margie got her love for clothes and flair form her. She gave her life to Christ at an early age at First Baptist Church. Love and Happiness As Margie grew into young womanhood, she was courted by a very handsome man, Robert Bailey. Soon after marriage, they began their journey together out of which ten children were born. The joke was that Margie and Robert saw to it that each girl born to the family had an older brother. There was Garland (Gwen), Carol, Robert (Darcel) Margie (predeceased), Theodore, Cleveland (Donna) Sharon Whitlock (predeceased), James (Sandra) and Veronica. She made sure that each of her children was baptized at First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and served as an usher. Years later, Margie joined Greater Paradise Baptist Church where she served with love and loyalty as a Deaconess. Always headstrong and not afraid of challenges, she decided after the birth of Veronica that she would work outside the home. She was hired at First Baptist Church on Northwest Avenue working in the nursery until she retired. She also was a natural entrepreneur, establishing Ms. Bailey’s Cleaning Service. Love in Action Margie always opened her house to friends and family. She never turned anybody away from feeding and caring for them. One of her favorite hobbies was the creation of Mother’s Day Corsages made from carnations. She loved gardening, sports, and was well known as a great cook. She enjoyed performing as a member for the El Dorado Concert Choir. She was also a Den mother and leader of the Boy Scouts. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Circle of Ester. She created a ministry of people coming together to fellowship at First Baptist Church. Love Never Dies Margie Bailey made her transition on October 19, 2017. Margie walked in her faith. She believed in God’s Will. Because of that, she leaves none to mourn, but only to cherish her memory. She and her husband Robert were married 72 years. Her children have blessed her with 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren. In addition Margie’s nieces, Pamela, Denise, Tony and nephew John John will cherish her memory as well as Margie’s foster sister Jean White and her adopted son Roy Oliver. Margie Bailey was love and spilled love onto her family and friends. Visitation will be Friday, October 27, 2017 from 12 noon – 5:00 pm. Private family hour from 6:00-7:00 pm at Sims Mortuary. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday October 28, 2017 at Greater Paradise Baptist Church with Rev. James Bailey, eulogist. Interment will be at Arlington Cemetery under the direction of Sims Mortuary. Sign the guestbook online at www.simsmortuary.com Active pallbearers will be her grandsons Mario Robinson, Malcolm Robinson, Trey Robinson, Jamir Shutes and Jarvis Rogers. Honorary pallbearers are her sons Garland Bailey, Robert L. Bailey Jr., Cleveland Bailey, Theodore Bailey and Rev. James Bailey.
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