Gloryann Marie "Glo" Baily, 53, formerly of Kenai, died peacefully at home in Anchorage at 9:05 a.m., April 19, 2004. Mrs. Baily was diagnosed with lung cancer with brain metasteses in November of 2000. The brain involvement was radiated in 2001, but returned with a vengeance in the fall of 2003. She was non smoker.
A visitation and service will be held at 2 PM, Friday, April 23, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage. There will be a memorial service at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai on Saturday, April 24 at 1 PM. A visitation will be held at Hermann Funeral Home in Brighton, MI, on Friday evening, April 30 at 5 pm - 7 pm, and a memorial mass will be given at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, MI on Saturday, May 1 at 1 pm. Burial will be in Southfield, MI, at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, 25800 W. Ten Mile.
Mrs. Baily was born Jan. 15, 1951, in Detroit, MI, to Donald J. and Monica L. (O'Callaghan) Harrington.
She graduated from Marian High School in Birmingham, MI in 1969, earned her BA from Central Michigan University and obtained her Master's degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage
Recruited by the Kenai Peninsula School District in 1977, she taught Special Services at Nikiski and North Star elementary schools, retiring in 2003. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi education honor societies.
Mrs. Baily was active in her church, teaching Sunday school and helping with choir. She earned her pilot's license in1984. She loved making clothes for her friends' and relatives' children. Camping, hiking, and kayaking were activities she enjoyed every summer. She was an avid reader.
Friends and colleagues wrote about
her wonderful smile, sense of humor, positive attitude, and friendly
and vibrant nature. "She brought excitement and a spirit
of collaboration to her job. She had a talent for bringing out
the best in her students, her co-workers and parents. She had
the gift of empathy and set her students up for success. We've
all missed her loving, gentle, special touch."
She is survived by her husband and friend of 20 years, Nathan O. Baily of Anchorage; her father of Brighton, MI; sister Donnamarie Harrington of Royal Oak, MI; sister and brother-in-law Rosemary and Tom, nieces and nephew Olivia, Katherine and Adam Bloomer of Birmingham, MI; brother Robert Harrington of Southfield, MI; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother and a daughter, Meghan.
Mrs. Baily enjoyed listening to public radio and urged its support. Contributions may be made in her name to your local NPR/PBS stations, the American Cancer Society or your Lung Assn.
And again in 2006 and 2007. By 2007, I'd gotten the marker done. She had wanted to have an Alaskan motif:
I was hired by the Kenai Peninsula School District in 1977 as a resource teacher. In 1998, when UAA offered its M.Ed. program at Kenai Peninsula College, I joined a number of my colleagues and began the coursework, thinking I would be able to finish in three or four years. Unfortunately, in November of 2000 this non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer. In addition, I soon learned that the cancer had spread to my brain. Fortunately I had accumulated a lot of sick leave and was able to take a 1/2 year off and get treatment in Minnesota.
I continued my studies as best I could, but began to slip behind my classmates who graduated in 2001 and 2002. My eyesight began to deteriorate in 2001 and I lost vision in my left eye in 2002. The radiation affected my ability to write and think as well as my balance and gait. I had to take incompletes in several classes and was given additional time to finish them out. I finally got all my assignments done in the spring semester of this year and requested an accommodation of some sort for the comps. On December 8 I passed an oral exam. I'm extremely grateful to Donna Gail Shaw and the department of education at UAA for helping me achieve this goal.
Earlier this year my condition forced me to resign my position as the Special Education teacher at North Star Elementary and, after 26 years began retirement. I may never be able to teach again, but finishing this degree means more to me than I can express.
Dear Friends and Relatives,
Now that task's checked off my list! I'm assuming that some of you may not even be aware that she passed away or, if you were not close by may want to know more about her last months and so the rest of this letter will attempt to do that. Also, it will be, I think, somewhat cathartic for me to write down the words and put some closure to this year's sad events.
Glo loved to be with
family and friends during the holidays, so I know that some of
you receiving this letter may be missing her now especially.
For me, it's the first Christmas in over twenty years that I
don't have her so there is definitely a void. However, I'm so
very grateful that she was able to be have these last three holiday
seasons. I know almost with certainty that if she had not gotten
the care she did, and if she had not had that indomitable spirit
and drive, she would not have made it to the end of 2001, much
less to April of 2004.
But I reminded her of the nieces and nephews, her dad, her sisters and brother and, of me. I told her I was selfish, but I was really glad for the three years we got. That it had been an" honor" for me to have known her and that I was blessed that she had let me be her husband. I told her that she was the best thing that had ever happened to me. She stopped me then, and said, "Nathan, you're the best thing to happen to me, too. Thank you for being my husband. I love you. My only regrets are that we didn't do more, take more trips, have more fun, and worry less." Then she told me not to be sad, to move on, and to do things--for her. She promised she'll always be with me. On April 14 she stopped swallowing. By the 17th, could no longer talk, but would answer questions by raising her eyebrows and closing her eyes. On the morning of April 19, she quietly slipped away, a full month into spring, 2004.
I've taken her advice
and started to move on. And, whether in Europe, which I visited
in September, or in Costa Rica where I went earlier this month,
not a day goes by that I don't think of her and sense that she's
Costa Rica Canopy Tour, December, 2005
These were taken between 1984, when we met, and about 2003. I've tried to include shots of her with all of her friends and relatives. If you have one you'd like me to add, send it along.