Norma Jean Bailey, 82, of Kingman passed away at home on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. She was born in Cincinnati to Grace and Carl Moore.
Norma graduated from Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, Ky. She came to Arizona from Memphis, Tenn., in 1961, and was a resident of Kingman since 1975. Norma worked at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, first volunteering, then becoming the gift shop manager, and finally as director of the museum from April 1979 to August 1992.
Norma was an active member in the community, always involved in various projects. She was a lifetime member of the Soroptimist Club, and served on the boards of Kingman Regional Medical Center and the City Tourism Commission.
In 1986, Norma married Bill Bailey. After her retirement, they went on many wonderful trips. Her favorite destinations were Australia and a cruise through the Panama Canal. Norma enjoyed her Friday morning breakfasts with her friends. More than anything, Norma loved to laugh. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Norma is survived by her husband, Bill Bailey; her brother, Charles (Hedy) Moore of Sun City, Ariz.; her son, Jeff (Joyce) Sandefur of Kingman; her daughter, Melinda (Rich) Lindauer of Stroudsburg, Pa.; two stepsons, Kelly (Charlotte) Bailey of Meadows Place, Texas, and Jim (Linda Tackitt) Bailey of Kingman; and her stepdaughter, Jeanne (Ricky) Clouse of Phoenix.
She is survived by 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth (J.J.) Peters of Glendale; Leia Sandefur of Kingman; Cassie (Joey) McEuen of Kingman; Andy, Emma and Henry Lindauer of Stroudsburg; Chelley (Jeremy) Green of Montgomery, Texas; Kacey (Ian) Boyer of Sulphur, La.; Catherine Valdez of Phoenix; and Jason (Allison) Bailey of Phoenix. Norma is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, with another due in August.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the Kingman Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale St., Kingman, AZ 86401; or to KRMC Foundation for Home Health, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ 86409.
"Well Pretty Lady, we've traveled many roads together and saw pretty countries; we had a great time together. Till we meet again, Sweetie, see you later." Love Bill and all our families. "On the Road Again"
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
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This beautiful lady touched our lives many times over the years. We will miss her greatly. Our condolences to Bill and her loving family.
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Dear Bill & Family,
I am sad to hear of Norma's passing. We became friends when she served on the City of Kingman Economic & Tourism Development Committee (I was Admin. Asst. to Planning Director), and also as a Soroptimist.
We shared many great laughs & she taught me things about Kingman that I didn't know & I'm a native Kingmanite.
Norma Jean was an eloquent and lovely lady. I am so glad she touched my life.