Edith ‘MeMe’ Bailey, 87, had a wonderful sense of humor and intoxicating laugh

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Edith ‘MeMe’ Bailey, 87, of Wilmington, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. She was in the home with her loving family when she passed. Born August 18, 1928, in Wilmington, she was a daughter of the late William Edward Sanders and Hettie Washington Smith Sanders.

She is remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.

MeMe retired from Henry Von Oesen, as a bookkeeper. She was a dedicated employee and loved working with numbers. MeMe was a remarkable matriarch. She was dedicated to her husband, children and raised her two grandsons as well. She always was unconditionally involved with their daily lives. She displayed dedication and grace with ease.

She loved to cook meals for her family which she always served with love and always offered seconds. She had a love of flower arranging and was quite the gardener as well. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and her laugh was intoxicating. She created a home where when you walked in the door, you felt welcome and loved. She was patient, wise and loving. She was determined and always focused on a goal to accomplish.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, James E. ‘Pop’ Bailey.

She is survived by her son, James E. Bailey Jr.; daughter, Edith Veronica Bailey; grandsons, Darron Sims (Gloria) and Chris Sims; and great-grandchildren, Harrison, Stuart and Jillian Sims.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Andrews Valley Chapel, 4108 S. College Road, Wilmington. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Andrews Valley Chapel. Interment will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Her mantra was ‘Do the very best that you can,’ and that is truly how she lived her life. She will be deeply missed. However, she touched so many lives and her love will forever remain in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice in her honor.

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