Thelma Bailey

By Press Release

Lifetime Somerset resident Thelma Bailey died Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe. She was 88.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Thelma J. Taylor was born in Carbondale Feb. 11, 1928, to Chauncey and Vera (Green) Taylor. She spent her childhood in Somerset and attended school in Somerset and Paonia.

She married Eugene Bailey on March 1, 1946, in Grand Junction. She raised their children alone after he died in a mining accident.

Mrs. Bailey enjoyed cooking, crocheting, fishing, camping, watching wildlife and playing cribbage.

She is survived by her son, Archie (Mary) Bailey of Orangeville, Utah; her daughters, Thresa (Kerry) Pope of Grand Junction, La-

Vera (Don) DeGraffenried of Crawford and Tamra (Bill) Sterns of Somerset; two brothers, Chauncey (Sharon) Taylor and Forrester (Airwana) Taylor; a sister, Gayle Tribolet; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother; and two sisters.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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