Nova Lucille Bailey was born November 6, 1921 to John H. Bailey and Emily Anna Ward Bailey in Eunice, Missouri. She died June 23, 2008 at Kabul Nursing Home, Cabool, Missouri, making her age 86 years.
When she was a child she suffered a head injury and on another occasion a high fever and she was diagnosed as mentally challenged. She lived at home with her parents, then only with her mother into her adult years until her mother could no longer care for her. Her sister, Hazel, and family then provided a home for her. Upon Hazel’s death, her sister, Ethel, then cared for Lucille until Ethel became ill. Lucille became a resident of Kabul Nursing Home where she received the same care her family had given her.
Even as a “special” child, she could amaze everyone by the way she could play the piano by ear. One could play a song, and afterwards she could sit down and play that song. Special training provided now was not available then, so she did not learn to verbalize her speech, but she used certain key words and a lot of signs and motions. One of the people she talked about a lot was Gay, her niece. Emily Gay Durnell of Cabool oversaw her care at the nursing home, visited her regularly, and would pick her up and take her home for special occasions.
She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Cecil, Roy, Marvin, and one infant brother; six sisters, Ethel Spencer, Elsie Bingham, Alice Tow, Hazel Trevena, and Ina Hammon; five brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Edith Bailey of Denver, Colorado, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services for Nova Lucille Bailey were held Saturday, July 5, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Bradford Funeral Home in Summersville, Missouri, with Rev. Harold Smith officiating.