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Rebecca Lynn Bailey

March 2, 1953 — June 5, 2024

Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Bailey
March 2, 1953 - June 5, 2024 (Age 71)

Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Bailey transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home with her family at her bedside after an unexpected and quickly progressing illness. As our mother, sister, and grandmother, she was taken far too early from us.

Becky’s creative mind and light spirit were shared with the world from her youngest years to her final days. She was a skilled seamstress and made many of her own fashionable clothes for herself and her sisters during high school, and for her children throughout their lives. She trained as a private airplane pilot in her younger years. She enjoyed interior decorating according to clever themes using unique items that she found while thrifting and bargain shopping. She discovered jewelry-making of her own accessories, as well as beading eye-catching items for her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. She refinished furniture found on roadsides into household centerpieces and beautiful accent pieces. She fawned-over her beloved canine companions Pepper and Robbie. She was enraptured by murder-mysteries and true crime exposés. She would research, compare, and painstakingly select the best birthday and Christmas gifts. She loved to laugh, and to listen to the adventures of her children and grandchildren.

In recent years, her greatest affections were invested into her sons, her grandchildren, and her job that she did not want to retire from. Joshua (1979-) and Patrick (1983-) were honored to have Becky as their mother, especially because most of her middle years involved sacrifice and devotion to their care and support. Amelia (2015-) and Finn (2017-) received their grandmother’s admiration and interest whenever they met. And her workplace colleagues and friends at the Monroe-2 Orleans BOCES received her warmth, positivity, careful attention for work tasks and social connections alike.

Becky was predeceased by her eldest sister Carol E. (Bailey) Basinait (1950-1989), her mother Alice (Hucknall) Bailey (1927-2020), and father Carson H. Bailey (1925-2022). She is survived by her loving and devoted son Patrick Carson Kirby (1983-), who grieves deeply for the loss of his rock and pillar; her eldest son Dr. Joshua Aaron Kirby (1979-), his wife Dr. Rebecca Jane (Morgan) Kirby, and grandchildren Amelia Jane Kirby and Finn William Kirby; sisters Nancy (Eddie) Zielonko, Janice (John) Travis, and Molly (Craig) Tuohey; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to recognize the undaunted professionalism, expertise, and compassion of the entire staff of the Batavia United Memorial Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. Without people like Marie, Kirstin, Taylor, Amanda, Austin, Mary Anne, Thomas, and many other nurses, doctors, and specialists who provided round-the-clock never-give-up intensive medical care in the face of long odds, Becky would have had far less of a chance at life.

Visitation and a celebration of life will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Intensive Care Unit Fund (write-in) with the Batavia United Memorial Medical Center Foundation ( Becky’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion. To share a special memory of Becky, please visit:
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