Ann Lorraine (Gilmer) Bailey, 76, of Hampton, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. She was born August 9, 1945, in Oelwein, to Ralph and Dorothy (Holmes) Gilmer.
Ann graduated from West Central High School in Maynard, class of 1963, and received her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Ann taught 5th grade in the Hampton School District after college. She was united in marriage to Dale LeRoy Bailey on June 14, 1975, in Maynard. Ann stopped teaching when she married to be home with her children. Once they got older, she worked at the Hampton Public Library for many years.
She attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hampton where she played the piano and organ. She was also a member of the Treble Clef music group.
Ann enjoyed music, reading and traveling. The family took numerous trips throughout the years. Family was important to her, and she enjoyed visiting and attending her grandchildrens' events.
Ann is survived by her daughter Karla (Tony) Harter of Grinnell; son Mark (Michelle) Bailey of Johnston; stepson Dallas Bailey of Cincinnati, Ohio; stepson Dennis Bailey of Nora Springs; grandchildren Autumn (fiance Mitchell Heyveld) Landers of Grinnell, Alex Landers of Grinnell, Ozzy Harter of Grinnell, Carter Bailey of Johnston, Asher Bailey of Johnston; great grandson Jackson Heyveld and one on the way; sister Marilyn (Don) Lala of Center Point; brother-in-law Lowell (Linda) Bailey of Bradford; sister-in-law Delores (Bruce) Early of Traer.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Dale Bailey.
Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational United Church of Christ Organ Fund, 22 1st Ave SW, Hampton, IA 50441, and the Hampton Public Library, 4 S Federal St, Hampton, IA 50441.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home in Hampton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hampton. Burial will take place in the Hampton Cemetery.
"I suppose our sons Mark and Kyle were our main link, however, Ann and I were good enough friends to stop for a chat when we met "on the street." A million years ago Dale and Ann and Alan and I attended, of all things, a hockey game in Mason City! I will definitely miss her -- an gentle and lovely lady."
"So sorry for your loss. Miss Gilmer was my 5th grade home room teacher. I loved it when she read to us in the afternoon. She became our neighbor after she married and I rode Lucy's bus with Dallas and Dennis. I also baby sat Mark when he was only a few months old. Great neighbors to my mom. Ruth (Axiotis) Shoup"
"I was in her 5th grade class back in 1969 when she was still Miss Gilmer. She was always so nice and even when I would see her out and about all these years later she made a point of saying hi. May she rest in peace! "
"Dear Ann, just want to say, you have been a great mom toward me for excepting me of who I was, thank you, I remember you first meeting me, big guy with tats lol, you wasn't sure, but I hugged you anyways and I think that broke the ice and we got along great. We talked about music and politics, thank goodness we were on the same side lol. I love you and may you rest in piece with your husband.
"Dearest Ann......my music compadre at 1st Congregational UCC.....I miss you so much! We have worked closely together for forty years. I was always in awe of your talents.....especially your awesome sight reading skills...wow! Such kindness and humility. A true friend and a wonderful Mom.
Thank you always, Mary Lou "