Frances Darlene Bailey, 66, of Hollister, became absent from the body and in the presence of the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family.
A native of St. Augustine, Darlene was a 1969 graduate of Paxon High School in Jacksonville and resided in Putnam County since 1981, coming from Jacksonville. Darlene was a licensed practical nurse for 36 years, having worked at Memorial Hospital and Jacksonville General Hospital, Putnam Community Medical Center, with Dr. Craig Raby, Family Medical, Upjohn, as well as Palatka Health Care Center and several other home health providers in the area. She was an active member of First Assembly of God in Palatka. She was a Sunday school teacher and choir member at various other church families throughout her life. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Darlene was very family oriented and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and especially around Christmas, her favorite time of the year. She also loved her dachshunds. Darlene was very intelligent and enjoyed puzzles and things that challenged her mind. She will always be remembered as “generous to a fault” and how her home was always open to anyone needing assistance or encouragement in difficult times.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Highsmith and Vonda Vincent, and a brother, Cody Highsmith.
Darlene is survived by her husband of 46 years, Alexander P. “A.P.” Bailey of Hollister; three daughters, Desiree “Cherie” Evans (Leland) of Hollister, Alexandria F. Grennan (Jason) of Palatka and Rebecca Anne Grennan (Jeremy) of Manchester, Conn.; two sons, Gabriel Alexander Bailey of Hollister and Derek Cribbs (Kimberly) of St. Augustine; two sisters, Georgeann Highsmith of Camden, Tenn., and Donna Pate of Jacksonville; three brothers, Bobby Highsmith of Jacksonville, Joseph Highsmith (Debbie) of Edgewater and Daniel Highsmith of Virginia Beach, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Ellianna Evans, Elizabeth Evans, Elijah Grennan, Violet Grennan, Lily Grennan, Jude Grennan, Hannah Cribbs, Samuel Cribbs, Michael Cribbs and Charlie Cribbs; and soon-to-be-born twin grandchildren.
Memorial services celebrating Darlene’s life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at First Assembly of God in Palatka with Pastor Ted Stackpole officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Darlene’s Book of Memories page at www.Johnson-Overturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.