Shirley "Neal" Bailey

June 8, 1929May 3, 2019

Sulphur- Shirley "Neal" Bailey, 89, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 3, 2019 in her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born on June 8, 1929 in Cheneyville, Louisiana. After completing college at Northwestern in Natchitoches, she started teaching in Sulphur at Frasch Elementary where she taught for 34 years. She had been a member of First Baptist Church since 1949, and was also a member of the Agin' Cajun Choir and Esther Sunday School Class.

As a teenager, she was pianist at Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville for several years. She loved reading, playing the piano, doing calligraphy, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ora Lee and T.C. Elfert; her husband, Sam Bailey; a sister, Lois Thompson; a brother, Thomas Clarence Elfert, Jr.; a grandson, Sean Bailey; a granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Young; and nephews, Christopher and Clay Coalson.

She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Qualls; brother, Dr. Donald Elfert; her daughter, Laura Lee Young and husband, Joe; her son, Sam Bailey and Cari O'Brien; grandsons, Ryan Bailey, Axel Bailey, and Ben Young; granddaughter, Kathryn Young Amarit and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Kilyn Bailey, Kit Amarit, and Maria, Moises, and Marco Gonzeles; and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in First Baptist Church of Sulphur. The Rev. Tom Bruce will officiate. Burial will be in Mimosa Pines South Cemetery in Carlyss under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and then in the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Lannan and Dr. Bergeron, Fran Freedland, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Home Health, especially Cynthia and Rob, and Heart of Hospice, especially Shannon, Jasmine, Amanda, Aleah, and Sterling. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Laura Lee Young and husband Joe, Daughter
  • Sam Bailey and Cari O'Brien, Son
  • Marilyn Qualls, Sister
  • Dr. Donald Elfert, Brother
  • Ryan Bailey, Grandson
  • Axel Bailey, Grandson
  • Ben Young, Grandson
  • Kathryn Young Amarit and husband Ryan, Granddaughter
  • Kilyn Bailey, Great Grandchild
  • Kit Amarit, Great Grandchild
  • Maria, Moises, and Marco Gonzeles, Great Grandchild
  • T. C. and Ora Lee Elfert, Parents
  • Sam Bailey, Husband
  • Lois Thompson, Sister
  • Thomas Clarence Elfert, Jr., Brother
  • Sean Bailey, Grandson
  • Laura Elizabeth Young, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Coalson, Nephew
  • Clay Coalson, Nephew
  • also left to cherish her memory are and many nieces and nephews.

  • St. Jude Children's Hospital


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Shirley "Neal" Bailey

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Katie Abshire

May 5, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss of Mrs. Bailey. I’m now 72 years old and still remember the beautiful, caring woman who was my third grade teacher. I came from a household where my mom, who had serious health issues, was not always present with us children. Mrs. Bailey took me, and other children who seemed to need “extra,” under her wing of love and attention. She left a lasting impression on me as to facing challenges in my life and created a desire in me to excel in all areas of my life. Because God gave her the awesome gift of teaching, she dedicated her life to making a difference in all of her students’ lives. I’m so grateful for all that she taught me, not only academically; but also, what she instilled in me in the area of my personal life. As a result of her admirable example, and others like her, I grew up to teach young people myself for 37 years. Thank you, Mrs. Bailey!💜

Dorothy Rodriguez

May 4, 2019

I've had the privilege of knowing Shirley thru our Church, First Baptist of Sulphur. We were also able to share some of our personal thoughts and experiences of similar health issues . Although she never complained and was such an inspiration to me as she had suffered a lot longer than I but she gave me Hope to hang on when it seems there was none. I just pray that I can always stay as strong as she did these last year's! She truly was a Great Example to me. I just wish that I would have been able to spend more time with here but due too my deteraiting health I was unable to. I will never forget her Example and Bravery!
I know her family will surely miss her!
Dorothy Rodriguez