Obituary for Hilda Ann "Boots" Bailey
Hilda “Boots” Lee Bailey, 88, of Compton, Maryland passed away on June 16, 2017. The daughter of the late John Robert Lee and Gertrude Moore of Compton, Maryland, she was born January 30, 1929. The Lee Family was well known in St. Mary's County for a successful business and for serving as the assistant postmaster of the Compton Post Office. After their parents’ deaths, Hilda and her five siblings were raised at the mouth of Breton Bay by their Aunt Marguerite and Uncle Richley Delahay, who operated Delahay’s Marine Railway and Boat Yard. Hilda “Boots” Lee was a 1947 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy.
She wed William “Bill” Bailey of Avenue, Maryland in June 1949 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Compton, Maryland. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey opened a restaurant in the late 50’s in Leonardtown on the site where the famed old St. Mary’s Hotel once stood. Together they successfully operated “Bailey’s Restaurant” where Boots was known for serving the lunch crowd at the counter. When Mr. and Mrs. Bailey sold their restaurant in the late 70’s, they teamed up to start an entirely new business “Bill’s Interiors and Upholstery” at Hopton Park Plaza. There Mrs. Bailey showcased her sense of interior design by integrating carpet, drapery, and upholstery fabrics for her clients. In 1986, she and her husband retired to their waterfront home, enjoying their children and grandchildren; performing volunteer work at the hospital gift shop; and engaging in leisure activities such as baking and gardening.
Preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Bailey, her sister Virginia Taylor Morgan, and brothers Alvin Earl Taylor, John Robert “Bobby” Lee, James Kenneth Delahay, and Ronald “Ronnie” Clement Delahay. Mrs. Bailey is survived by a sister Mrs. Margaret “Margie” Taylor Goddard of Leonardtown; a brother Mr. Henry L “Billy” Lee of Lexington Park; three children: Marsha Barton (John), William “Will” Bailey Jr, (Eleanor Ann), and Debra Jo Jennings (Vaughn); seven grandchildren: Michele Warren (Matthew), Melissa Thompson (Jeffrey), Jason Bailey (Caroline); Allison Barton; Travis, Nicole Bellis (Mike), and Courtney Jennings; and four great grandchildren: Mason and Miles Warren, and, Avery and Everett Thompson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Compton, MD, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM with Father Dan Carson officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD.
Pallbearers will be Travis Jennings, Jason Bailey, Jeffery Thompson, Matthew Warren, Mike Bellis and Luke Spencer. Interment will follow at the Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to the 7th District Rescue Squad, 21660 Colton Point Road, P.O. Box 206 Avenue, MD 20609.