Shelby Barnett Bailey

February 3, 1948November 16, 2020

Shelby Jean Barnett Bailey passed away on November 16, 2020 after a courageous battle with ALS. She was born in 1948 in Birmingham, AL. She was a graduate of Phillips High School and held a Master’s of Science in Nursing from UAB. She was an RN for fifty years and taught nursing at several local schools, including Samford University. In her later years she was a proud member of the Lily of the Cahaba chapter of the DAR. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Bailey; her son, Chad Bailey; and her daughter and son-in-law, Caroline and Andrew Ignash. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Lonnie and Lois Barnett.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The ALS Association Alabama Chapter 300 Cahaba Park Circle, Suite 209 Birmingham, AL 35242 or The Greater Birmingham Humane Society 300 Snow Drive Birmingham, AL 35209


  • The ALS Association Alabama Chapter
  • The Greater Birmingham Humane Society


  • A Private Family Burial Will be Held at Jefferson Memorial Gardens

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kittie messer

November 26, 2020

Shelby and I attended Carraway Methodist Hospital School of Nursing together 1966-68. After graduation we attended UABSON 1968-70. We remained good friends until her death.
Memories include sharing nursing school and nursing career stories, planning and celebrating our 25 th anniversary of completing Carraway SON, and visiting our other dear friend, Dale Moore who died an untimely death with cancer. We often compared growth and development and funny stories of our children.
We would go months without chatting but she would always call me on my birthday, Feb 1, then I would turn around and call her on her birthday, Feb 3.
We talked about her ALS diagnosis and she and Bob and Paul and I were able to cruise the British Isles in May 2019. I will miss her. I am grateful for her honesty, assertiveness, unique personality and our long friendship.

Renee Norrell

November 21, 2020

Shelby and Bob were our neighbors from 1983 until 2019. Even though we no longer live in Homewood, Fred and I will miss her as the kind neighbor she was. She will not be forgotten.

Suzanna Rawlins

November 18, 2020

I worked with Shelby as a member of the Lily of the Cahaba chapter of the DAR. She was so knowledgeable and helpful. I will miss her smiling face and and willingness to help ladies join the chapter.
My deepest condolences to her family.

Sandra Beaver

November 17, 2020

I met Shelby when she joined the Lily of the Cahaba DAR chapter. She was such a sweet and caring person and I always enjoyed being around her. Her love for family and genealogy was something we both had in common. She was a wonderful person and friend. I am truly saddened by her passing. I will be praying for Bob, Chad and Caroline and the rest of her family. Farewell my sweet friend.


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