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Obituary of Ellen Bailey


Ellen Bailey, 94, of Blodgett Mills, NY passed away on Sunday December 3, 2023. She was born on June 10, 1929, the daughter of the late James and Iva Perkins Doran.

Ellen was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Ellen had many talents and worked in a variety of jobs including food service at the Cortland City School District to becoming a caregiver of the elderly. Ellen took great pride in both her family and home and it showed. Her home was always welcoming and decorated for all seasons and holidays. She took delight in shopping and spoiling her granddaughters with the latest fashion. She took pride in her pretty gardens and lawn. Inside, she enjoyed entertaining her family and friends, who she loved dearly. She especially loved hosting holidays. Ellen loved collecting antiques, and every year, she hosted garage sales with her findings. She also enjoyed dancing, music, bingo, and camping. Prior to her husband’s passing, Ellen and Robert would take road trips every summer. They had many campers starting with a shasta to a fifth wheel and then a motorhome. Every August they would go on a trip, often without an actual destination.

For the last ten years of her life, she resided at UHS Senior Living at Ideal in Endicott. She received optimal care and the staff there became her family, which the family is very grateful.

Ellen is survived by her daughter Brenda (Frederick) Ludwig, her granddaughters Jolie (Gregory Whitney) Ludwig and Melissa Ludwig, and her great grandchildren Christian (Nikki Sorace) Ludwig and Caelan Whitney, and her brother Carl Doran.

In addition to her parents, Ellen is predeceased by her husband Robert Bailey, daughter Judy Bailey, and her siblings Frank Doran, Leon Doran, Richard Doran, Margaret Bond, Irene Easterling and Ruth Quail.

Calling hours will be held on Friday December 8, 2023 from 11am-1pm, at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY, funeral service will follow at 1pm. Burial will follow in the McGraw Rural Cemetery.

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