Helen Williams Bailey died early Friday morning in Starkville,
Mississippi. She was 86.
She was patient, kind, and a woman of tremendous personal
faith and tolerance for the views of others. It was quite common
to hear her say, “It takes all kinds to make a world.” She read
novels and biographies at a clip of 2-3 per week and could knock
down the New York Times Sunday Crossword in a New York
minute...in ink, of course.
She grew up in Birmingham during the Great Depression,
one of five children. In her early career she worked for the FBI
in Washington, DC. She returned to Birmingham and later
married the choir director at her church. Together they raised
three children, and she eventually returned to the workforce as
a Human Resources manager at Brookwood Medical Center.
She was active in the churches she attended throughout her life,
taking great pleasure over the last several years in the friendships
she developed among the members of her Sunday School Class
at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Elliott
Bailey, and a daughter, Elaine Bailey Miller. She is survived
by a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Bailey of Starkville, MS, a
son, John Elliott “Jack” Bailey of Mill Valley, CA, and two
grandchildren: Michael Bailey Miller of Birmingham and Fiona
Colette Bailey of Mill Valley.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 6, at Elmwood Chapel
in Birmingham. Visitation at 1pm; service at 2pm with burial
immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
She will be missed. She already is.