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Marian Bailey

October 12, 1924 — August 9, 2017

Marian R. Bailey, 92, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, passed away on  August 9, 2017, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE.

Marian was born October 12, 1924, in Cozad, NE, daughter of Lloyd and Regina (Janssen) Rooker. The family lived in Omaha, St. Louis, and Memphis, where Marian graduated from Tech High School in 1942.  She continued her education at the Baptist School of Nursing in Memphis, graduating in 1945.  She was a member of the US Cadet Nurses Corp., which was the youngest and largest group of uniformed women to serve their country during WWII.  She served for the duration of the war in VA hospitals.

Marian married Jim Black in 1946, having two daughters: Sherri and Deb.  In 1953, she married Sherman Bailey, having two daughters: Phila and Karla.  In 1958, the family moved to Gothenburg, where Marian practiced as an RN at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.  She retired in December 1988, after serving as Director of Nursing for 14 years.

Throughout her entire life, Marian was very active in her church, was an organizer of the Bloodmobile for years and was involved in many community services.  She spent many hours on the road traveling to be with her family.  She enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, making pies and breads, traveling and singing.

In 2008, Marian moved to Stone Hearth Estates where she continued her zest for living and touched many lives there also.  She made the most of every day, attending all of the activities that were offered.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband Sherm; her parents Lloyd and Regina Rooker; and a sister Peg Landercasper.

Those left to cherish her memory are: Sherri (Jerry) Peterson of Gothenburg, Deb (Steve) Koch of Hershey, Phila Young of Gothenburg, and Karla Rasmussen of Omaha, 15 grandchildren, 28 great - grandchildren, sister Jeanne Featherstone of Florida, nephews, nieces and many friends.

Book signing will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, NE; on Sunday, August 27, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with the family present.

Memorial Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 1002 Ave C, Gothenburg, on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM.

Private Family Inurnment will take place in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to Stone Hearth Estates for special programs or the First Baptist Church.  To sign the online guest book, go to

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marian Bailey, please visit our flower store.


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