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BARBARA CAROLINE BAILEY (published on May 16, 2009)

BARBARA CAROLINE BAILEY (NIKODEM) Peacefully, and without pain or suffering, our Mother, Grandmother and soon to be Great-Grandmother Barbara, went into the hands of the Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. Having recently celebrated her 80th birthday this past Mother's Day, Mom's final days were spent laughing and sharing wonderful moments with her closest friends and her family, whom she loved and cherished so much. Left to remember her full and abundant life are her children: Allan (Lyn) Bailey, Ken (Julia) Bailey, Michelle Bailey, and Michael (Shauna) Bailey; grandchildren Tricia (Chris) Bailey Sauve, Jenaya Bailey, Jason (fiancé Diana Yu) Bailey, Talia (fiancé Tom Robertson) Bailey, Jordan Bailey, Arianna Picard, Adam Picard and James Bailey; brother Rudy (Wilma) Nikodem, brothers-in-law Don Bailey, Fred (Carol) Buhay and several nieces, nephews, cousins and very dear friends who will always remember her beautiful smile, great sense of humour, and love of life. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, Gene, in May 2000. To know that they are now reunited in Heaven gives us a sense of comfort and peace, even as we mourn this loss. Mom was born Barbara Caroline Nikodem in Glenfields MB, on May 10, 1929 to William and Genia Nikodem. She grew up on the family farm and went to Rattray School where she enjoyed studying English, and took much pride in her beautiful penmanship. Mom met Dad at a local dance when he offered her a stick of gum. They married in 1946, started their family, moved to Beausejour and then eventually to Winnipeg. Special to her heart was their first home on Bluebell Ave. in Garden City. In 1967, they made the move to St. Andrews where they enjoyed living on River Road for many wonderful years. In 2007, Mom moved to Amber Meadow in Garden City, where she made many new friends who brought much joy to her life. While Mom spent most of her life as an amazing homemaker, she enjoyed being a manager and demonstrator for companies such as Wear Ever, Beauty Counsellor and Melita. Mom was the most incredible cook and baker; everything from cinnamon buns to traditional Ukrainian favourites such as cabbage rolls, perogies and pereshke, and of course, her famous sweet and sour spare ribs. Mom and Dad were long time parishioners of the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Mom was President of the UCWLC at various times over the span of five decades. She served at both the parish and the regional levels. She loved being involved in the Women's League, where she developed many very special friendships that meant so much to her. Mom was an incredible Mother and Grandmother, who was so very proud of her family and loved them unconditionally. To celebrate Mom's incredible life, prayers will be sung on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Ave. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Fr. Bohdan Lukie, CSsR, on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m., also at St. Joseph's. Interment will follow at Glen Eden, 4477 Main Street. A luncheon will take place at the church. Pallbearers will be Jason Bailey, Jordan Bailey, Chris Sauve, Tom Robertson, Mark Galarnyk, and Guy Zeaton. For all of us who have been touched by you, Mother, we are forever grateful to God to have experienced your love. Donations in Mom's memory can be made to the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church Building and Capital Maintenance Fund, 250 Jefferson Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2V 0M6. Chrystos Voskres-Christ is Risen. GLEN EDEN FUNERAL HOME 338-7111

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