Thursday, August 24, 2006

Wilma Holt Bailey Reed, 75, of Purdy, died at 2:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at her home.

She was born on Feb. 28, 1931, the daughter of Bart and Grace Laster Holt, in Cassville.

She attended the House School located in the Antioch community. She was a member of the New Site Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a Training Union Coordinator for many years. She was a long time resident of Barry County, and was an active volunteer at Crosslines in Monett. She married Johnnie Bailey on May 11, 1947, in Walsh, Colo. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1996, after 49 years of marriage. During their marriage they owned the Exeter Cafe for several years and raised six children. On June 2, 2000, she married her good friend and companion, Clinton Reed, who survives.

Additional survivors include: three sons: Montie Bailey and his wife, Nancy, of Fayetteville, Ark., Mike Bailey and his wife, Cherry, of Cassville, David Bailey and his wife, Lynette, of Monett; three daughters, LeVeta Goldin and her husband, Morry, of Republic, Betty Hicks and her husband, Larry, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Jane Brooks and her husband, Troy, of Fayetteville, Ark.; a special lady, Linda Stellwagen and her husband, Dennis, of Pierce City, Missouri, who she considered as another daughter; two brothers, Floyd Holt and Jerry Holt, both of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Ruby Cramer, of Denver, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Pete Bailey, of Loomis, California, who was raised in the family home and considered a fourth son; one stepson, Ron Reed, of Ridgecrest, California; two stepdaughters, Donna Walker, of Cassville, Missouri, and Carol Shodden, of Pleasant Hope, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Services were held Monday at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with Pastor Aaron Weibel and Pastor Paul Yarnall officiating.

Her eight grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Charles, John Marney and Senator Emory Melton.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at the New Site Baptist Church, Monett, in care of the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.