On October 27, 2014, Marilyn Joyce (Larson) Bailey, 83, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Towson, MD, Simsbury, CT and Long Island, NY, passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. She will be deeply missed and survived by her sister Virginia Henriksen of Marlton NJ; her four children: Dan Bailey of Towson MD, Jim (Helyn) Bailey of Scituate MA, Tom (Shelley) Bailey of Winsted CT, and Nancy Ottmann of Scottsdale AZ; her children's father, Roy Bailey of Lake Ariel, PA; her seven grandchildren: Jim, Mike, Alicia, Kyle, Evan, Erick & Sasha, plus three great grandchildren. Marilyn was born in Bay Shore, NY to Clara Florence (Downs) and (Carl) Erick Albert Larson, both deceased. She was preceded in death by her loving brother Elwin Larson, and daughter-in-law, Deborah Bailey, with whom she lived for many years.
Marilyn attended Islip High School and graduated from Berkeley College in New York City. She led an adventurous and geographically diverse life: Long Island NY, Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland and Arizona. Marilyn was a legal secretary for a law firm and had a long career at Kaiser Permanente. She found great fulfillment in her life-long volunteer work, especially with the American School for the Deaf and the United Methodist Church.
Marilyn’s indomitable spirit and her legacy of love lives on forever in her family, friends and all those touched by her rich and beautiful life. She loved the ocean and outdoors, was an avid tennis player, enjoyed swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, and cooking … all until Parkinson's disease limited her ability to do so. Yet, she persevered and met challenges head on with courage, determination and a fighting spirit. Most importantly, she exemplified goodness, kindness, love and a life lived in faith and service to God.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barrow Neurological Foundation to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.