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Judith Bailey

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 10:26 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON/LAMOILLE — Noted military nurse and nurse educator, Judith "Judy" Adele Bailey, died early Friday morning, Aug. 8, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton at the age of 74.

She was born Oct. 3, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Tom and Grace (McDonald) Robbins. She graduated from LaMoille High School before pursuing her dreams and a master's degree in nursing in Chicago. She married Sherwood Bailey in 1967, but later divorced and he preceded her in death.

Judy, at the time of her marriage, was already a member of our armed forces as a nurse in the Air Force. Signing on at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., in 1966, she not only practiced nursing at the V.A. Hospital there, but taught nursing to those as eager to learn as she was. Nursing had become Judy's calling in life, having spent time as a railroad or train nurse, as well as practicing nursing on Indian Reservations in New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Judy not only taught nursing but was a surgical nurse as well until her discharge, at the Canon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Her passions after nursing and getting a master's in it was continuing to study, to learn and to keep abreast of her profession, and she loved to read everything.

Judith is survived by her two children, Margaret Bailey of New Mexico and Phillip Bailey of Spring Valley; one grandson, Oden; and two sisters, Laura Lee Pastoreli of Chicago and Grace Henery of LaMoille.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Tom Robbins; and a sister, Naomi Stuepfert.

A memorial service celebrating Judy's love of live will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the First Baptist Church in LaMoille. A luncheon at the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the LaMoille Library.

Judith's cremation has been accorded.

All arrangements have been made with Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be left at

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