Janice Bailey

Died: Fri., Mar. 18, 2016


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 25, 2016
Location: Burns Elks Lodge #1680


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Janice K. Bailey, 75 died on Saturday, March 18, 2016 at St. Charles Medical Center.  A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Burns Elks Lodge #1680 at 11:00 a.m.  Contributions can be made to the Burns High School Baseball Team.

Janice Kay Bailey of Burns passed away on March 18 in Bend, Oregon from complications from pneumonia.  She was 75.
Janice was born on June 2, 1940 to Tom and Dorothy (Paul) Jenkins of Virginia Valley, south of Princeton.  Janice joined sisters Betty, Delta and later, Dee Ann.  Growing up she had many childhood adventures with her sisters that she often told to her grandkids.  She attended school at Virginia Valley until the 8th grade and then went on to Crane High School.  One of her favorite memories was returning from high school on Friday’s, stopping at Grandma, Adele Paul’s, for warm biscuits and pear preserves.  As true to Crane tradition, Janice had many “escapades” during high school with her friends.  After graduation from Crane in 1958, Janice attended Boise Jr. College and majored in business.
Janice married Walt Bailey on Aug 1, 1959 and they made their home in Diamond Valley.  They welcomed three sons Brad, Doug and Vade.  Later on, they moved to Catlow Valley, Frenchglen and spent the last 26 years in Burns, farming.  
Janice was one of the most wanted partners during the family card games, the designated Thanksgiving cook, chief drivers ed instructor for the grandkids and carried her mischievous spirit to the end.  She was known as Aunt Nanny to her nieces, nephews and many others, but Grandma to her grandchildren.  
Of all the hats that Janice wore, her most proud hat was that of Grandma.  Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.  Grandma was a constant attendee at every school assembly, program and sporting event.  Janice taught every grandchild to drive in her 1988 Cressida, making many laps around the driveway while having the radio blasting to Claudett, Blue Moon or Secret Agent Man.  When her students graduated from the Cressida, she taught them to drive the tractor and truck while picking up hay at the farm.  Going to the farm and having one of Grandma’s famous lunches will be a missed activity.
Janice was noted among the family as a good cook. She taught many nieces, grandsons and daughter in laws to conjure up the best pie crust imaginable and, true to her mischievous nature, was famous for “giving” a recipe that just happened to be missing the special key element to make the dish delicious.  She raised three boys that could out cook most women in the county, but that didn’t mean that she wasn’t a phone call away when it came time for them to whip up something in their own homes.  It didn’t matter the time of day, she was always on hand to lend them advice in order to perfect the perfect meal.  Above all else, this will be one of the most missed aspects of her passing; being able to pick up the phone and call Mom for advice on a recipe.    
Janice was known for her quick witted ability, never backing down from a good argument, giving brutally honest advice (whether you wanted it or not) and her exceptionally mischievous personality.  She was someone you could always count on when you needed a strong shoulder to lean on and was the ultimate keeper of secrets.  She could sit at the kitchen counter and giggle for hours and then turn around and have the most serious of conversations.
Janice is survived by her son Brad and wife Roxane, son Vade and wife Heather, daughter in law Lori Bailey and five grandsons, Brennan, Zach, Logan, Zane and Luke.  She is also survived by her sister Betty Opie and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was proceeded in death by her husband Walt and son Doug.

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