Lucy Ann Ore Bailey passed away Monday, February 23, 2015. Born in Lynchburg, November 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Charles Henry and Nellie Johnson Ore.
Twice married, she was predeceased by both husbands, Robert Estes Spencer, who died June 17, 1982, and William Ralph (Bill) Bailey Jr. who died March 30, 2008. In addition she was predeceased by her only child, Robert Estes (Robbie) Spencer Jr., a brother and his wife, Charles H. and Lillian Ragland Ore and a sister, Betty Jean Jackson.
Mrs. Bailey enjoyed a long career with the Virginia Employment Commission, where she worked full and part time for over 50 years. Her last position was that of an Administrative Hearings Officer.
Always active in church work, she grew up in Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. Later she became a Charter member of the First Southern Methodist Church. After moving to Farmville, she joined Browns Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder for six years. She later moved her membership to Farmville Presbyterian Church. In her lifetime, she performed many duties in each of the churches to which she belonged.
Mrs. Bailey was Past Matron of Lynchburg Chapter No. 54, Order of the Eastern Star, president of the Virginia Chapter of Personnel in Employment Security, where she represented the Commission at annual conferences during two years, both of them held in California. She was a past member of the Toastmistress Club Lynchburg BPW and many other organizations in connection with her career.
Survivors include a brother, James (Jim) Ore and his wife, Erma of Evington; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Deal Spencer of Lynchburg; a grandson, Robert Travis Spencer and his wife, Tara; two great-grandchildren, Tyler James Spencer and Natalie Faith Spencer of Lynchburg; two stepsons and their wives, William R. Bailey III and Melissa H. Bailey of Farmville and Dwayne and Dawn Bailey of New Kent; a step-grandson, William R. Bailey IV of Durham, North Carolina; and eleven nieces and nephews.
She loved Mr. Bailey’s children as her own and often remarked they could not be more my children if I had given birth to them. She wanted to express her thanks to Bill and Melissa for taking care of her.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Shorter Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be conducted at Shorter Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the Masonic Garden of Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg.
Contributions may be made to Randolph Volunteer Fire Department, Cumberland County.