Dolores Florence (Rier) Bailey
Dolores Bailey passed away at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the age of 85.
Born October 28, 1935, Dolores was the first child of Alvin “Pat” and Lauretta Rier and was raised on the family farm on the 12th Concession of Bentinck Township, near Elmwood. She attended Howie’s School just down the road from their farm and later graduated from Chesley District High School as well as (according to her) raising her younger siblings. Dolores would go on to marry Don Bailey and they lived and farmed on the 6th of Bentinck until his death in 2007. It was here that they raised their family of five boys and ran a successful dairy and beef farm. Dolores worked along with her family milking and haying as well as feeding and clothing her family and keeping a clean house. She was an active member of the Lamlash Women’s Institute and continued to support Lamlash Hall where they held their meetings. Dolores was well known in the community and will be remembered for her hearty laugh, her love of a rowdy game of euchre and enjoying visits with neighbours and family. Due to declining mobility, Dolores moved to Valleyview apartments in Hanover in 2019 where she met new friends and was re-acquainted with some old friends and neighbours.
Dolores will be forever missed and always remembered by her five sons; Bev (Kathy) of Elmwood, Jerry (Kathy) of Desboro, Bruce (Sharon) of Tara, Monty (Marlene) of Hanover and Laurie (Shelley) of Hanover. She will also be missed by her grandchildren Bridget, Samantha, Chris, Michelle, Kyle, Kayla, Kody, Celine and Rachel as well as her great-grandchildren Shawn, Amelia, Sofia, Rylan, Emma and Chloe. Also mourning her loss are her six siblings; Jack (Maureen) Rier of Kitchener, Betty (Orval) Brown of Hanover, Ted (Bonnie) Rier of Elmwood, Sharon Johnston of Durham, Larry (Carole) Rier of Kitchener and Randy (Lynne) Rier of Hanover. She will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Delores was predeceased by her husband Don and her daughter Bonnie in infancy.
Many thanks to all the health care professionals and caregivers who helped us all during this difficult time.
A memorial service will be held later in the year when the weather and circumstances allow.
Memorial donations to United Way Bruce Grey or Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce (Chapman House) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.