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"The Greatest legacy one can pass to one's children and grandchild is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."
Celebration of Life for Harriet Bailey
Born July 14, 1944 in South Carolina to Robert and Olive Williams. Harriet Bailey was the sixth child of eleven. She was raised in the rural country, where she picked cotton and was educated in the local church house. Her father was a share-cropper, which meant she had to work the land with her brothers and sisters to earn a livelihood for their family. Known as the smart one of the family, she learned to read at the age of three, continued her schooling and excelled greatly. So much so, she skipped a grade and graduated high school at the age of 16 with Soon after graduation, she ditched the country scene and went north for a new life, a new adventure and to never ever pick another piece of cotton again! She settled in New Jersey where she became the first black woman to work at New Jersey’s Public Service Electric & Gas. It was also in Jersey City where she met and married Charles Bailey. Soon after their union, they moved to California to grow and raise their family: two sons and two daughters.
3000 miles away from home and being a young married woman with a growing family, Harriet set out a clear path as a philanthropist and a pillar in her community. Her desire to help people and especially her love for children led her to serve in numerous community organizations, become a PTA president, a tutor and volunteer on various school board councils. Amidst all this, her eldest son, Eric, suffered from epileptic seizures and eventually succumbed to one when he was 14 years old. Although devastated, her courage strengthened her family and she continued to serve in her church and her community. Moreover, she dedicated 37 years of her life to the Los Angeles Unified School District and retired in December 2005. With all her years of dedication and service to her family, her church, her work and her community, she took it a step further, accepted her calling and became a Licensed, Ordained Minister and Elder. She served God faithfully in that capacity until the day He called her home.
Billy Graham was quoted as saying, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Harriet Bailey lived and exemplified great character and great faith in God. Even in her mistakes and shortcomings she exuded that keeping your word, treating people how you want to be treated, never letting your good be evil spoken of and loving God with your whole heart was the only way to live of life of grace and integrity. She was the kind person that you would want by your side. She would fight for you and with you to the very end but she would also be the first one to check you if you got out of line. She was dependable, trustworthy, a wealth of knowledge, an awesome intercessor, a nurturer of nurturers, a giver, a true friend and the matriarch of her family. She was always willing to share her home, her finances, her wisdom and moreover she shared her heart. To know her was to love her and because of that her legacy remains with us all.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Charles Bailey. Her children: Beverly Bailey-Grant, Darrell Bailey (Juana) and Jessica Bailey-Blenman (Jhamell). Her siblings: Car-lessie Williams, Mary Ellen Toye, Elder James Williams, Rev. Jimmy Williams, and Marion Wil-liams. Her grandchildren: Auctavia, Raymond III, Jonathan Stephaun, Darrell II, Aurianna, An-drew, Erica, Jhaida, Jhamell II, Eric, and Jhacob. Her great-grandchildren: James, Jairmiah, and Jahshua and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.