Rita June Bailey

September 17, 1949April 22, 2021

Rita June Bailey was born September 17, 1949, to her late parents, George and June. She spent the majority of her childhood with her beloved uncle and aunt, Wayne and Nellie Magruder, who had a major influence on her upbringing and in shaping her life. She was very fond of them all and spoke very highly of her aunt and uncle.

Rita has always been very family-oriented and took much pride and joy in all of her family. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of over fifty years, Dennis Lee Bailey; her children Ashley Harris (Brian), Amanda Bailey, Derrick Bailey (Christina) and Brent Bailey (Erin); her grandchildren, whom she adored, Kestyn Harris, Chandler Harris, Kendall Harris, Mackenlie Flinchum, Allen Bailey, Zachariah Sears, and Benjamin Sears. She has also left behind so many nieces, nephews, relatives, and “adopted children,” who were so loved by her and she thought of as her own.

Rita took great pride in her job as Area Supervisor of Dakota Watch Company for 25 years. She also participated and showed much dedication to the Order of the Eastern Stars since joining the organization in July 1986. It was here that much of her talent and passion for event planning and detail flourished and allowed this great talent she possessed to truly shine. She was the currently serving Worthy Matron of Liberty Chapter #66 and served there tirelessly and selflessly.

All who knew Rita are aware of her special ability to orchestrate any event with grace, efficiency, and amazing attention to detail and learned quickly her motto, “The smallest touches are what matters the most!”

She had a very special way of accepting others as family and always teaching her children that everyone is welcome. She absolutely loved being surrounded by family and friends and encouraged her family to bring in more. She truly loved cooking, helping, and serving others, as nothing brought her greater joy!

Rita was dependent upon God and loved the Lord with her entire heart. She passed her faith on to her family, as well as all who knew her, not only through words but through her life. We are so very sad to say goodbye to such an amazing woman but are comforted knowing she is at peace with loved ones she had dearly missed, but most of all in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She will remain on earth and live through all those that she has touched in only a way that she could. We cannot wait to see you again!

The family will be receiving friends and family at Bridge of Hope COGOP on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm, followed by a private memorial and celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following: her family for care of her husband, or charities she supported: OES Grand Chapter Scholarship or Camp Gray Rock.

Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services of Greensboro is assisting the family.


  • Receive Friends

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Private Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Nadine Stack

May 10, 2021

Rita was my first cousin. June and my mom, Gladys, were sisters. I remember her coming to our house. I was 3 years younger. She was
always dressed up. She gave me a beautiful dress with big flowers all over it. I haven't seen her in many years. I am very sorry to hear that she passed but very happy that she was a strong Christian. I read the tributes from her children and friends. She was an extraordinary woman and so loved.

Erin Bailey

May 1, 2021

Today we celebrated your life and said goodbye. I wasn't ready. I miss you so much. You were one of my biggest fans and always supported me! I am going to miss our talks and dinners. I love you, Nonnie. See you when I get there!

Julie Ivey Jeffries

May 1, 2021

I don’t know how to say goodbye. Thank you for all the years of love and direction you gave me. You treated me like your child and you will always be like another mother to me. Thanks to your guidance I know I will see you again one Sweet day. Love you so much and miss you already ❤️

Derrick Bailey

April 29, 2021

No words could ever describe the love, beauty, generosity that was my mother, Rita! She was the greatest mother anyone could ever have been blessed with in their lives as children! Growing up as a child to my adulthood she always had a way of explaining things to me in special ways that no one else could about life. When ever I couldn't understand different ways of people or life's challenges she was always there with partnership of my father to have patience with anything I ever needed in life. I'm so very greatful she was a mother that taught me how to love, forgive, and to never neglect opportunities to help others when needed. She wasn't ashamed of the gospel of God and I thank God every day that both my mother and father raised us all in church and taught us to understand how our lord, Jesus Christ should be lived in all aspects of life!! I miss you dearly, mom!! Only wish now I could be there with you in heaven praising Jesus Christ forever and being with family and other loved ones that have all gone before us. I cannot wait to meet you there and be with you once again mom! I love you mom with all of my heart!!

Helen Lentz

April 29, 2021

Brent, One of the sweetest memories I have of your Mother was one year at Camp Rainbow. You had put your name up for Associate Grand Patron and she was saying how proud she was of you and that you could do anything you put your mind to. She was such a loving and proud Mother and I so admired that in her. I'm so sorry for your loss. May peace be with you and your family.

Amanda Bailey

April 29, 2021

So many memories to share; so many! My mom sacrificed so selflessly for her family and children. She worked extremely hard and somehow still managed to come home, prepare dinner, be an amazing wife for my father and be a great mom to all four of us children... with very few complaints. She never stopped, even when life threw so many things at her that she should have. She always managed to make very special moments for us even through very trying moments. The past few years, I had totally began seeing my mom as less of just a “mom” and more of a person who became my most dearest friend, my number one supporter and a woman I truly admired. She always has and did know me and could talk to me in a way no one else could. She was very non judgmental with any and everything I went to her about and I pray she recognized the same affection from me. Saying goodbye has absolutely never been so hard in my life. I love you, mom, and fear this void will never be filled... but am so happy that you are finally in Heaven surrounded by loved ones and with the Lord, where you will never feel sorrow or pain again. I wish you were here, but a little jealous and wish I could be there 😊 until we meet again! -Simon-

Alex Minor

April 28, 2021

Rita was gracious and always made me feel her love in a big way. When I first met her, it was the night that the Strip Shop burned down. As tragic as this was she still welcomed me to a late dinner. Donald always felt that she was a better mom to him than his own. When we decided to get married Rita offered her property, made Denny paint and build a trellis to get married under. She gave the rehearsal dinner for us. Through the years Rita always encouraged Donald to be his best self. Even though years had gone by between visits, each time we came over there was love and a feeling of home! We will always carry a piece of her in our hearts!

Margaret Harris

April 28, 2021

I always wanted to sit by Rita when the family gathered. She was so much fun. I didn't see her often but it was always as though we talked every day. Love you, Rita, and I cannot wait to see you again.