Elizabeth "Betty" Bailey (Whelan)
Elizabeth “Betty” (Whelan) Bailey, 76, of Wethersfield, loving wife to the late Richard E. Bailey, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, started her new life beginning Saturday, June 16, 2018. She believed that life’s journey did not end but continued with new beginnings. Betty was born January 28, 1942 and raised in Hartford. She was the daughter to the late Marjorie Wilkes. She attended Hartford Schools and was a graduate of Bulkeley High School. Prior to her retirement, Betty was employed as a Personal Banker with Society for Savings. Her greatest job in life was that of being a loving mother and wife. She loved her back yard, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was a lover of nature and all animals. Betty will be deeply missed by her loving family, a son Richard E. Bailey II of Wethersfield; two daughters, Kelli Goodkowsky and her husband Scott, of Springfield, MA, and Tracilyn Miller of Gulfport, FL; a brother John Whelan and his wife Jackie, in FL; three adored grandchildren, Ryann Ashlee Miller (and fiancée Ryan Kruh), Benjamin Miller and Shayla Elizabeth Bailey; two cherished great grandchildren, Avery Bailee Kruh and Autumn Rose Kruh; several adored nieces and nephews and their children; and many close, dear friends, to include Eileen, Mary Kay, Carmelo and Loida. Betty was predeceased by her two sisters, Edith Spencer and Marjorie May. The family thanks the caring nurses and physicians at the Smilow Cancer Center, Outpatient Oncology and the Inpatient Oncology Unit, at St. Francis Hospital for the loving care extended to Betty and her family during her illness. As Betty was a nature lover and loved bright colors, the family requests that all attendees wear something colorful to the services in honor of Betty. She firmly believed that color brought out joy and happiness.
Friends and relatives may pay their respects to the family Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 34 Beaver Road, Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Betty’s life will be Thursday, June 21st at 10:00 am in Corpus Christi Church of Christ the King Parish, 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield (Attendees are asked to go directly to the Church). Interment next to her husband Richard, will follow the Mass in Village Cemetery, Marsh St., Old Wethersfield.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Hospital Inpatient Oncology Department, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105. To extend online condolences and/or share a memory, please visit farleysullivan.com.