Obituary of Marjory Bailey

Marjory Kathryn Bailey, age 95, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in Ft. Scott.

She was born February 15, 1927, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Allen Rhodes and Stella Young Rhodes.  Marjory attended rural schools and went on to graduate from the Ft. Scott High School.

She married Wesley Bailey on April 6, 1946. Marjory worked alongside Wes at their dairy farm located in the Hiattville area for over forty years.  Marjory wasn’t afraid of working hard or getting dirty.  She spent countless hours in the milk barn or working in the family’s vegetable garden.

The Baileys were known for growing watermelons and hundreds of hills of potatoes.

Marjory enjoyed fishing as well as hunting and in her day was known to be quite a good shot.

She also enjoyed writing humorous stories, especially stories about life on a dairy farm.

Following Wes’s death on August 23, 2007, Marjory moved off of the farm and relocated to the Presbyterian Village in Ft. Scott.  While at the Village, Marjory enjoyed participating in the group activities and outings.  She had an artistic eye and enjoyed drawing and painting.  She often participated in the Art is Ageless exhibition.  Marjory will be remembered as a hardworking and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.


Survivors include her six children, Janice Bailey, of Ft. Scott, Dean Bailey (Gail) of Ft. Scott, Dail Bailey (Loretta) of Girard, Kansas, Judy Love (Harvey), of Oswego, Kansas, Gene Bailey (Rita) and David Bailey (Brenda) all of Ft. Scott; fourteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne, Emmerson and Hubert Rhodes; a sister, Juanita Decker and two half-brothers, Ted Waltmire and Chris Rhodes.

There was cremation.

A celebration of Marjory’s life will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, October 15th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Paws & Claws Animal Shelter and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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