Shelbyville Daily Union

February 21, 2014

Baileys celebrate 70 years Together


Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Forrest and Iris Pursell Bailey celebrated seventy years of marriage on February 19.

Both were born in Clay County, Illinois. They graduated from Louisville Community High School.

They were married in Belton, Texas on February 19, 1944. They lived briefly in California before Forrest was sent overseas. Iris resided in Decatur, Illinois and worked in a factory for the war effort while her husband served in the Army overseas. Forrest was a member of the 672nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion serving in the Philippine Islands. His unit was just recently awarded a unit citation for for their part in liberating the Los Banos internment camp in which the Japanese held 2,147 allied civilians and prisoners of war.

After his discharge from the Army Mr. Bailey was employed by A.E. Staley in Decatur. The couple lived in Latham where five children were born to them. They moved to the Pana area in 1959 and later had one more child. Mrs. Bailey was a busy homemaker and gardner.

After retirement in 1983, the couple enjoyed traveling. They spent several summers in Colorado. Added to their family were 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

The Baileys are long-time members of the First Baptist Church in Pana.