Alice Yvonne Vernon passed away October 9 at the age of 88 with her caregivers, Amy Sherman and great niece Shelly Tandy, praying for her. Yvonne was born June 26, 1929 in the Dicey Community to William Frank Bailey and Alice Joyce Rollins Bailey as the sixth of eight children. Survivors include her sister Alma Ford and husband Lanham, sister Emily Ann Lambert, brother Harvey Bailey and wife Karen and two sisters in law (Mrs. Bob) Betty Bailey and (Mrs. Bannister) Betty Bailey. She was survived by numerous nieces and nephews including Frank & Martha Tandy, Bennie & Rita Tandy, Robert & Neldena Bailey, Gary & Karen Bailey, Dana & Amy Bailey, David & Teresa Bailey, Wayne & Maria Bailey, Judy Bailey, Kenny & Susan Bailey, Woody & Terri Bailey, Chelcie & Ronda Bailey, Anita & Tim Marcle, Brian Lambert and Lois Ann Lambert.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, William Frank and Joyce Loyce Rollins Bailey, her brothers: William Frank Bailey Jr., Bonham (Bob) Bailey, Bannister Bailey, and sister: Doris Gay Bailey. Brother in Law Bill Lambert, nephew Clay Ford, niece Jeanie Lambert and her special boyfriend William Lewis (Shorty) Hawkins who called her his "Little Red".
Dr. Vernon received her LVN in 1955 at Lubbock Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1967, Master's Degree in Nursing/Medical Surgical Nursing in 1969, and her Certificate from Gerontology Nurse Practical Program in 1985 and her Doctoral Degree in Adult Continuing Education with Gerontology minor in 1988 at University of North Texas in Denton. Dr. Vernon taught nursing at University of Texas Arlington, Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Cameron University at Lawton, Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK, Somerset Community College in Kentucky, Odessa College in Odessa TX. Yvonne served as a nurse at Medical Plaza, Fort Worth; Harris Hospital, Fort Worth; Campbell Memorial Hospital, Weatherford; Plaza Medical Hospital, Fort Worth, and Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.
Dr. Vernon was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Weatherford and a past member of DAT (Daughters of the American Republic) in Weatherford.
Special thanks to her caregivers Maggie Tiller, Amy Sherman, Anna Sherman, Carrie Long and Shelly Tandy who allowed her to stay in her home with her patio, flower garden, and her cats.
Yvonne Considered herself a lifelong learner who loved her students and loved life, but her greatest achievement was receiving her Doctorate Degree. Yvonne never had children of her own from her two prior marriages, but considered her numerous nieces and nephews as her own. She was the fun, crazy aunt who loved to celebrate "unbirthday parties" with the kids. She loved her cats and learned to love the dogs of the ladies who cared for her in her later days. She had a full rich life traveling with friends and family, especially Susie, Karen & Harvey Bailey with her special friend Shorty. She was always calling nephews and nieces for help with her yard or handyman type jobs.
Services will be held at 2:30 PM, Thursday October 12, 2017 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in Dicey Cemetery. A visitation will from 6-8 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home. Her brother in law, Lanham Ford, will be performing the service with assistance from her niece and his daughter Kay Morris. A meal will be served afterwards at NSBC on North Main.
Published on October 10, 2017