Catherine Kay “Kay” Clark Bailey, 59, of Denver, a former Baker City resident, died July 5, 2006, at her home.
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Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7. Pastor Roger Scovil of the church will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. Inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Kay was born at Weiser, Idaho, on May 6, 1947, and grew up in Eastern Oregon. She was a 1965 Baker High School graduate and earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon College (now Eastern Oregon University) at La Grande in 1969.
As a young girl, she was an accomplished horseperson, earning the titles of princess and queen in various rodeos. She was always active in 4-H.
Starting as a telephone operator in her senior year of high school, she advanced to senior project manager at Telcordia Communications before her retirement in May 2001.
Kay was very athletic her entire life. A competitive bodybuilder in her 30s, she won multiple awards. Later, after moving to Colorado, she discovered a love for long-distance biking as well as skiing.
Kay will be remembered for her kind and giving nature as well as for her sense of humor and love of children.
Survivors include her mother, Ruth Clark Ballo of Baker City; her fiance, Bruce Lew of Denver; her son, Joe, and his wife, Dina, and their daughter, Natalie, of New Jersey; her sisters, Darlene Wendt, and her husband, Charles, of Federal Way, Wash., and Arlene Schoorl and her husband, Rex, of Unity; and seven nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Clark of Baker City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Lance Armstrong Foundation through Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 14, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor