Rita Bailey, 80, of South Bend, Ind., formerly of Leachville, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross. She was born in Mishawaka, Ind., to the late David and Jane Marie Roy Roche. She had served in the USAF where she met her husband James Bailey, a career USAF Master Sergeant. They settled in Louisiana for some time and had also lived in Leachville for several years. She returned to South Bend in 2003 following James' death.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by two daughters, Jane M. and Janet L. Bailey; a son, James Bailey, Jr.; three sisters, Mary Folk, Jane M. Watkins and Christine Ake; and three brothers, David T. Jr., Francis C. and Joseph L. Roche. She is survived by two sisters, Patricia (Jerry) Brucker of Granger and Elizabeth A. Mumaw of New Carlisle, Ind. She also leaves several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephew and one great-great-nephew, all who she loved dearly.
There was a graveside burial at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Leachville Cemetery in Leachville, under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.
The family requests contributions in memory of Rita Bailey may be made to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, Ind. 46545 or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor Bethesda, Md. 20814.
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