Nancy Thomas Bailey died of heart failure in Venice, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2016. She was 73. Born on Nov. 22, 1942, in Abington, Pa., Nancy attended high school in Abington and graduated from Catawba College in North Carolina. Nancy later moved to Vineyard Haven, where she married the late Robert R. Bailey and they raised their family. She was a warm and welcoming presence on the Island, and a familiar face behind the counter at Leslie’s Drug Store and at the family business, Island Transport. From her front porch on State Road, Nancy was always ready to greet and invite in a friend. Affectionately known as “Ma Bailey” or simply “Mom,” she often did not know until the morning which or how many of her children’s friends had spent the night.
Nancy later settled in Englewood, Fla., where she spent her last 20 years. She greatly enjoyed boating with her partner, the late Forrest Miller, as well as her volunteer work with the elderly and as a mentor for struggling young readers. Nancy was a deacon and active member of the Community Presbyterian Church. She loved the community, weather, and natural beauty of Englewood, and her laughter and generosity will be missed by many friends and neighbors.
Nancy is survived by her sister, Virginia T. Pond of Baltimore, Md.; her brother William “Tom” Thomas and his wife Elise of Harrison, Maine, and Martha’s Vineyard, and their children; her daughter Jodi Bailey and her husband Dan Kaduce of Fairbanks, Alaska; her sons Frank T. Bailey of Hingham and his wife Mary Elizabeth, Bruce Bailey of Manchester, N.H., and his wife Robin, and Robert “Skip” Bailey and his wife Carol of Vineyard Haven; and her grandchildren Cord, Ronan, Nora, and Clara Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Community Presbyterian Church, 405 South McCall Road, Englewood, FL 34223, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memorial services are being planned for the spring in Florida, and later in the year on Martha’s Vineyard.