OBITUARY

Loretta Lorie Kiel Bailey

February 28, 1953February 15, 2021

Loretta “Lorie” Kiel (nee Casteel) Bailey passed away on February 15, 2021, at the age of 67. She was born on February 28, 1953, to the late Walter Q. Sr. and Jean Mary Louise (nee Emrie) Casteel. Lorie was the youngest of 9 children & was affectionately known as “little britches”.

Lorie was preceded in death by her husband Carl A. Bailey, Sr. in 2014. Lorie is survived by 2 sons: Carl (Chip) A. Bailey II and Kris Bailey; a daughter-in-law Anne Bailey & 2 grandchildren; Morganne Bailey and Jack Dawson Bailey. She is also survived by seven siblings; Alice Cass (Steven), Mary Methe (Terry), Margaret Henneberry (Vince), Walter Casteel Jr. (Helen), David Casteel (Cheryl), Martha Casteel, Thelma Jones (Bob). Lorie was also preceded in death by her sister Jeanne Casteel.

Lorie grew up in the Normandy area of St. Louis County, and even at an early age, her eternal optimism was evident. Once, as a child, Lorie stood patiently outside, holding a birdcage over her head, waiting for a missing pet parakeet to return.

Lorie graduated from Normandy High School in 1971 & later attended UMSL & was the first of her family to earn a degree. While attending UMSL she also worked at Patrick’s of Westport as a server. She told me many times, to “never make a trip back to the kitchen empty-handed”. Later in life, she married Carl Bailey, a man 17 years her senior. Lorie looked beyond their difference in age & ignored his crazy hair & highly questionable fashion sense. She saw the real beauty & value inside of people. Lorie moved to Louisburg Kansas to live on their little farm. Louisburg was a town of 1200 strangers to Lorie & she cried every day. She missed her family, her friends & the familiarity of St. Louis. Carl was away on work often & instead of sitting isolated at home, Lorie decided to get involved. She worked at the local library, joined a quilting club & became a realtor. When she and Carl decided to move back to St. Louis 5 years later, Lorie again cried, about leaving her new-found friends & community. Lorie worked as a realtor in St. Louis & found her passion in helping people find the right home. She could instantly bond with any person & instead of waiting to speak, she truly listened. She was a quilter, photographer & naturally talented skier.

She also enjoyed talking to animals & believed that they could understand her. She once scolded a black snake for stealing one of her hen’s eggs & the snake promptly spit the egg out. Lorie held many nicknames such as; Bam Bam, Granny, Mammy, Addie & Pollyanna. She had an adventurous spirit & loved to travel. She once rode a zipline backward, in the rain in Hawaii. Always up for a road trip, ballgame, or rousing game of continental rummy, she was great company. Lorie adored her grandchildren and made every effort to travel to California often to spend quality time with them. Through her generosity, the family took yearly trips together to destinations such as Washington DC, the Grand Canyon, New York City, and San Francisco.

A funeral mass will be held on March 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM at Christ, Prince of Peace Church 415 Weidman Road Manchester, MO 63011 with visitation from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 2900 Sheridan Rd. in St. Louis, MO 63125. Memorials may be made in Lorie’s honor to The Siteman Cancer Center of St. Louis.

Services

22 March

Public Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Christ, Prince of Peace Church

415 Weidman Rd.
Manchester, MO 63011

22 March

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

Christ, Prince of Peace Church

415 Weidman Rd.
Manchester, MO 63011

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Marilyn Pastorek

February 22, 2021

Condolences to the entire Bailey/Casteel family for their tremendous loss. I knew Lorie through her sister Mary remembering her always in good spirits loving her faith, her life, family, travel and adventure.
Rest In Peace Lorie Bailey. You will be missed.

Margie Medelberg

February 21, 2021

I am so sorry to hear the news of Lorie's passing. She was such a graceful private person with a wonderful kindness and wit about her. She often helped me at work when I was on overload and no job was beneath her. She was always game to help.

I know she is in a better place and to go to heaven the same week as her mom is just such an amazing gift for your mom as well to have her beautiful daughter with her.

Prayers to your family on your loss of Lorie and your mom.

Barbara Woodham hammond

February 21, 2021

I didn’t know Lori well but I do know that I liked her a lot. She was very very sweet and the couple of occasions that we had an opportunity to visit, I felt like I really wanted to know her more, but as always, time got in the way. This is just another example of not putting off things that you would really like to do because sometimes Time just runs out to do those things. I will always remember Lorie’s friendly and inquisitive ways and will miss seeing her at the office and sharing a smile. RIP LORIE..I will remember you.🙏😇

Denny Kuhl

February 20, 2021

Lorie has been a dear friend ever since sophomore year at high school. Her spirit and love for life and her friends was unmatched.
I have never met a person who didn't have something positive to say about her. She was loved by all! I will truly missing seeing her and laughing with her. We had a lot in common and I am deeply saddened by her loss. My condolences to her family and her wide web of friends. What a wonderful person!!

Ron Huelsmann

February 20, 2021

Lori was the consummate friend...ALWAYS cheerful, she lit up the room!
Lori was an usher and sacristan at the Saturday 5:00 PM mass at CPOP and always brought joy to those she encountered...she was special❤️
On behalf of her fellow ushers, Jesus has a special Pew for Lori😇

Sandy Jones

February 20, 2021

A beautiful woman with a bright, sunny smile and personality. As a best friend to her oldest sister, Alice, I remember her well growing up. As the youngest of nine siblings, she was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. Rest in peace, sweet Lorie.

Maryann Cochran

February 19, 2021

So very sorry for your loss. This is truly a season of sorrow for your family. We send our most sincere condolences.
Bruce and Maryann Cochran

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