OBITUARY

Deborah Ann (Gaston) Bailey

January 9, 1957February 13, 2021

Deborah Ann (Gaston) Bailey, 64, of Gastonia passed away peacefully on Saturday morning February 13, 2021. Deborah is the second of five daughters of the late Fredonna Marlene (Morse) and James Raymond Gaston of Jamestown, NC. Deborah was a wonderful daughter, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She fancied Peacock feathers and all their colors in her clothing and decorating, attended Trans-Siberian Orchestra concerts and the Southern Christmas Show every year, enjoyed craft making of every kind and loved her beach home at N. Topsail Island. Her dream was to retire to the beach and become a volunteer with the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Surf City, NC as a beach walker looking for injured sea turtles and monitoring turtle nests. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She continued her studies at Presbyterian Hospital in Medical Technology. She specialized in Blood Banking and worked several years at the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC. She was also a volunteer pre-school teacher for several years at her home church, Mount Pleasant United Methodist in Sherrills Ford, NC. She loved nurturing and working with the young children. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Woodrow J. Bailey and their sons, Patrick Gaston Bailey, 33, of Gastonia and Logan Morse Bailey, 31, and his fiancée Barbara West of Wilson, NC. Missing her grandmother is Deborah’s only grandchild, 12 year-old Molly Grace Bailey, daughter of Patrick. Deborah leaves behind four sisters, Sandra Gaston, Anita Boland, Karen Troy and Natalie Faircloth, two nieces, three nephews, and one great nephew.

No public services are scheduled at this time.

Fond memories of Deborah and condolences for the family may be left at www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in Deborah’s name to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 2095, Surf City, NC 28445 or www.seaturtlehospital.org.

The staff at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Bailey Family.

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Anita Boland

February 21, 2021

I wanted to share the memory of Debby and Woody making a special trip to Lexington SC to celebrate our daughter, Rachel's, marriage to Patrick Starrin.

woody bailey

February 19, 2021

A beautiful Peace Lilly came today from our home church for many years, Mt. Pleasant UMC. Thanks for all your prayers. We've missed the church and all the beautiful friends we had. So many of you were involved in Patrick and Logan's lives. God bless.

Natalie Faircloth

February 17, 2021

I remember my big sister, Debby, as playful and full of joy. Accompanying almost every memory is her laugh. Love you Debby ❤️

Patrick Bailey

February 17, 2021

Mom always surrounded herself with living things. She loved and was full of life.

Carol Hicks

February 17, 2021

Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to all Debby's family. We enjoyed our time with all of you at Mt Pleasant UMC, and I enjoyed working with Debby in the Twos' Class at preschool. The boys also shared events with Charlie, and Happy Birthday parties too. We are saddened at the news of her passing, but grateful for the memories of the fun times we shared together. She worked hard and was a very caring friend.

woody bailey

February 17, 2021

Debby was happy anywhere as long as family was with her. But nothing made her more happy than the beach and family together. She lived, she loved and she smiled like no other. The love of my life for 42 years.
God has kept his promise and wiped away her tears, freed her from suffering, given her a new body and welcomed her into his arms. I give thanks to God for every minute of my life I shared with Debby. God blessed our marriage, rejoiced with us in our happiest moments and carried us on his shoulders through difficult times.
God's love is constant and God is good. He keeps sending his angels to me as I grieve. Lord, lift me up on your shoulders and help we walk again.

woody bailey

February 17, 2021

Debby's last Christmas with Woody, son Logan and his fiancé Barbara at the beach 12-25-2020. Her collection of Belkie Christmas bears going back to 1987, Patrick's first Christmas, took her back to each Christmas and the precious memories she had. She was so happy that Logan had found the love of his life.

woody bailey

February 17, 2021

Debby's 63rd birthday at the beach 1-9-2020

woody bailey

February 17, 2021

Debby and our son Logan celebrating his 30th birthday and Mothers' Day in Gastonia.

woody bailey

February 17, 2021

Debby in her favorite holiday clothes at Thanksgiving 2020. She had so many unique vests, sweaters and tops for any holiday.

FROM THE FAMILY