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Alma JoAnn Bailey

Mrs. Alma JoAnn Bailey, age 86, passed away Friday morning, October 11, 2019 at her residence.

She was born in Hatfield, AR on November 25, 1932, a daughter of the late Luther and Roma Lee Page and one of fourteen children. She was a long term resident of Smithville, OK. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Royal Everett Bailey.

JoAnn graduated from Smithville high school in 1952 and was known for her athletic ability as a Bravette basketball team guard. She operated several family businesses and held various careers throughout her life but mostly enjoyed her time spent with family, craft making, quilting, reading, canning, gardening, and weekend drives with her husband. She was known for her beautiful quilts and her highly requested baked pies.

JoAnn is survived by her three children Dennis Bailey and wife Karen Bailey of Frisco, Texas, Beverly Wiles of Savannah, Georgia, and James Bailey and wife Marlow Bailey of Watson, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Leah Bailey, Dennis Bailey Jr., Colton Wiles, Megan Gallegos, and Michael Bailey; three great grandchildren, Olivia Gallegos, Cade Wiles, and Scarlett Bailey; four sisters; three brothers; and many other family and friends.

The family invited family and friends to attend a celebration of JoAnn’s life this past Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smithville Cemetery Fund.

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