Emma Bailey


Emma H. Bailey, 93, of Ottumwa, died at 12:30 a.m. February 8, 2020 at Vista Woods Care Center. 

She was born June 15, 1926 in Ottumwa to Harry and Margaret M. Lee Paulos. 

She married Charles Bailey August 29, 1945 and he preceded her in death January 14, 1999. 

A resident of Ottumwa all of her life, she had been a member of East End Pentecostal Church of God. 

Surviving are two daughters, Joyce (Ron) McKelvey and Donna (Samuel Joe) Closser both of Ottumwa; 5 grandchildren, Ronald (Crystal) McKelvey Jr., Charles (Heather) McKelvey, Adrian Muehe, Leah Muehe and Lincoln Closser; 7 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Bailey; six brothers, Nathan E. Paulos, Robert E. Paulos, James Paulos, Chester Paulos, Harry Paulos and Jerry Paulos; five sisters, Hulda Stump, Sophia Estes, Gertrude Richards, Ellen Flactiff and Ruby Paulos.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating.  Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery. 

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.    

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