Esther Maurine Muir, second daughter of Gene and Myrtle (Darlington) Muir, was born on a farm north west of Clearfield, Iowa on December 3, 1916.
Esther grew up on a farm near Clearfield and attended a country school until going into high school in Clearfield where she graduated in 1935.
On April 29, 1938, she was united in marriage to Lee F. Bailey. To this union one son, Charles Eugene, was born.
They spent their life farming in Taylor county and retired and moved into Clearfield in 1973. Esther and Lee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 29, 1988. Lee passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital on September 8, 1991.
Esther was a member of the United Methodist Church, a past matron of the Order of Eastern Star, belonged to the Fortnightly Study Club and a bridge club that Lee and she enjoyed for many years. She later played Rook. Some of her greatest pleasures in life were shared with her husband by traveling and enjoying their grandchildren. Esther moved into the Clearview Home in Clearfield in December 2003 and it was there that she passed away on December 31, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee, and two sisters, Dorothy Tennis and Ruth Newburn.
Survivors include her son, Charles ‘Chuck’ Bailey and wife Betty of Johnstown, Colorado; three grandchildren, Dave Bailey and wife Tammy of Salmon, Idaho, Dan Bailey and wife Susan of Broomfield, Colorado and Doug Bailey and wife Tracy of Port Vila, Vanuatu, and four great-grandchildren, Jake, Michelle, Cal and Maggie Bailey.
Memorials are to Hospice of Central Iowa in Mount Ayr. Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield, Iowa.
Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 with Rev. Jerry Robertson officiating. Musicians were Patty Parrish and Deb Briggs.
Casket bearers were Gary Bailey, Gaylan Bell, Jerry Ewalt, Wayne Kemery, Harold Nelson and Wayne Wilson.
Esther was laid at rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.