Our dear mom, Jean Lee Bailey, passed away peacefully in North Ogden, UT on November 23, 2019 after several years of struggling with Alzheimers. We are happy she has been released from her struggle to be reunited with her sweetheart, Junior C Bailey (JC) who passed away in 2005.
Jean was born on January 30, 1936 in Edmonton to a kind and loving mother who selflessly gave her up for adoption at 6 weeks old. She was joyfully welcomed by her loving parents Dill Lee and Vera Jensen Lee who were overjoyed to be blessed with a daughter.
Jean had a happy childhood growing up in Cardston with her older brother Bruce and surrounded by her many uncles, aunts and cousins. Family was so important to Mom and she truly loved her Lee/Jensen heritage.
Jean attended college in Edmonton, received her teaching certificate, and began teaching school in Glenwood. In the fall of 1957, she decided to go to BYU to further her education. On the way to Provo, Utah, her dad had a heart attack and passed away. This was a very sad time in her life and she returned home to be a support to her mom. She returned to teaching for the year and then went to BYU in the fall where she met and fell in love with Dad.
Mom and Dad were married on July 22, 1959 in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. They made their home in Utah for the first 5 years of their marriage where their first 3 children were born. In 1964 they moved to Barnwell, Alberta, Canada where 3 more children were born to complete their family. She taught school in Barnwell for 2 years and then continued as a substitute teacher throughout the years. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving a mission with Dad in Ogden, Utah.
Mom had a great love for Waterton, working there and attending dances when she was young. It was one of her favorite places to spend time with Junior and the family camping, hiking and fishing. In her later years she taught several of her grandkids to ride a bike while enjoying Waterton with her whole family.
Mom was a very hard worker who sacrificed to support Dad and her children in whatever they did. Jean loved to quilt and made every one of her grandchildren a quilt when they were born. Bringing happiness to her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her so much delight. Her posterity will remember that a kiss on Grandma’s cheek was always followed by a joyful, “I love it, I love it, I love it!”
Jean is survived by her children, Richard (Sandra), Cathy (Tom) Dove, Brenda (Ren) Hales, Doug (Kendra), Kristy (Phil) Wilson and Jordan (Heather). 27 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Junior, parents Vera and Dill Lee, brother Bruce Lee, parents-in-law Lysle and Viola Bailey and her birth mother Meryl.
Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barnwell with a viewing at 10 am and funeral at 11:30 am. We would like to thank all of Mom’s caregivers at Clearview Lodge in Taber, Alberta and Quail Meadow Assisted Living in North Ogden, Utah who have helped with the care of our mother.
Arrangements in Utah entrusted to Myers Mortuary in Ogden, Utah
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