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Martha Mastin Wilson Bailey

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Services for Martha Mastin Wilson Bailey, 92, will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va.

Mrs. Bailey died in her sleep Oct. 27, 2012, at her home in Belton. She was born Dec. 21, 1919, at home in Lynchburg, Va., to Fred Lockhart Wilson and Jennie Hammon Mastin Wilson. She spent some time during her childhood in Kentucky, but mostly grew up in Lynchburg and received her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph Macon Women’s College.

She married the love of her life and best friend, Robert Gordon Bailey Jr., on March 20, 1942. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She loved to play golf and was hard to beat until way into her retirement years. She was an avid and competitive bridge player, which brought her much joy and through which she made many lasting friendships. Her artistic endeavors were many, including oils, watercolors, pastels, sewing, tatting, crocheting, cross-stitch and crewel. Her largest project was a near exact replica doll house based on one of the old Southern Plantations of Virginia, complete with miniature paintings, furniture and fixtures.

Mr. and Mrs. Bailey lived the majority of his working career days in Westfield, N.J., where they raised their five children. They did have the opportunity to live overseas for his work spending two years each in Japan and Hong Kong and were able to travel extensively throughout the world.

After his retirement, they spent some time in their mountain home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Eventually, the pull of their Virginia roots brought them back and they settled in Kilmarnock, Va. It was there that Mrs. Bailey enjoyed volunteering for the Old Christ Church and where she made many friends through the Indian Creek Country Club. In 2006, she made the move to Texas to be near her daughter, Sue. She made dear friends with many fellow bridge players in Belton and Temple.

Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gordon Bailey Jr. in May 1987; her parents; sister, Eunice Hester; brother, William Scott Wilson; and nephew, Albert Hester.

Survivors include her children, Carolyn Shackleford and her husband, Will, of Princess Anne, Md., Gordon Bailey and his wife, Pat, of Fairfield Bay, Ark., Susan Mitchell and her husband, Meade, of Belton, Fred Bailey and his wife, Debbie, of Grantham, N.H., and Martin Bailey and his wife, Diana, of Flemington, N.J.; 10 grandchildren, Will, David, Rob, John, Sandy, Katie, Jessica, Rebecca, Leslie and Colin; six great-grandchildren, Heather, Mandi, Isabella, Marabel, Ellie and Thomas; and her niece, Helen Hester of Lynchburg, Va.

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