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Jane Ames Bailey

Jane Ames Bailey

Jane Ames Bailey, 90, of Laporte, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Trillium Assisted Living in Bemidji.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Community Church of Walker (1100 Minnesota Ave W, Walker, MN) with Rev. Dan Batson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Guests are invited to a luncheon in the Church's Fellowship Hall following the service. Internment will be in the spring at the Bailey Family Cemetery near Erskine.

She was born Jane May Ames on June 12, 1922 to Roy and Jane Ames in Minneapolis. Jane was baptized and confirmed in Freemont Congregational Church. As a young girl, Jane was active in Campfire Girls and her school's German Club. She graduated from Edison High School in 1940 where she was in the National Honor Society, news editor of the school paper, and was on the All-City Honor Roll. While attending the University of Minnesota, Jane met and married Ensign Edward E. Helgeson. They lived for several months near the Naval Base in Pensacola, FL. After Ed was deployed overseas as a fighter pilot during WWII, Jane returned to Minneapolis where their daughter Barbara was born. Ed was reported missing off the coast of Taiwan on Oct.14,1944 and was declared dead a year later. Jane returned to her studies at the University of Minnesota and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. In 1948, Jane was persuaded by her cousin to attend a square dance at the University Club. At that dance, Jane met Jim Bailey and they were married 4 months later on July 2, 1948. Shortly after their marriage, Jim adopted Barbara and 2 more daughters followed in the next 3 years. They lived for one year in Omaha, Nebraska and then settled in Cedar Falls, Iowa in 1950, remaining there until 1984 when Jim retired as the treasurer of the University of Northern Iowa. Jane was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom until she returned to her career as a medical technologist in 1962. She retired 20 years later from Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa where she had also been the educational coordinator for the hospital lab. While living in Cedar Falls, Jane was an active member of the United Church of Christ, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, youth group leader, and church camp counselor. Jane always had a special concern for foreign students and immigrants. She was an "American Mother" to Pasook and Patraporn Chaumchurnpat of Thailand and to Michael Agodoa of Ghana. Jane also took a course in teaching English as a Second Language so that she could tutor a Chinese immigrant. Following retirement, Jane and Jim returned to their Minnesota roots, building a home on Steamboat Lake where they had been enjoying summer vacations for nearly 30 years. They were members of the Community Church of Walker and were active in the Cass Lake Senior Citizens' Center. They were particularly well known locally as avid Bridge players, winning many tournaments in the Cass Lake and Walker areas. Jane also enjoyed gardening, birding and was an expert at identifying wild flowers. Jane traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and also Canada, Mexico and Barbados. She celebrated her 85th birthday during a 3-week tour of China in 2007. Jane was the primary caregiver of her husband Jim after he was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, making it possible for him to be cared for at home until his death in 2005. They had been married nearly 57 years.

Jane is survived by three daughters, Barbara Bailey of Oviedo, Florida; Dr. Beverly (John) Hargraves of Lexington Park, Maryland; and Dr. Bonnie Bailey of Bemidji, Minnesota; sister Patricia (Bob) Moore of North Oaks, Minnesota; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in- law Jack (Oralee) Bailey of Erskine, Minnesota; sister-in-law Lucille Hansen of Whidby Island, Washington; 11 nieces and 15 nephews. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and sister Mary Kleinhenz.

Memorials may be designated to the Community Church of Walker, Northwoods Habitat for Humanity or Sanford Hospice Care. The family would like to thank Dr. Craig Haggerty, personal care givers Esther Covert, Richell Thayer and Amy Batson, and the staffs of Haven wood Care Center, Trillium Assisted Living and Sanford Hospice Care for their expert and compassionate care of our mother during the past two years.

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