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Olive Jean (Hughes) Bailey

August 29, 1923 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old


With gratitude for her life, we remember Olive Jean (Hughes) Bailey. She was born on August 29, 1923. She died just a few days shy of her 100th birthday, on August 25, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Paul Bailey, and son-in-law Jim Koehler. She is survived by her brother Norm Hughes (Sara) of Indianapolis, IN, her children Susan Koehler of Dallas, Texas, JoEllen Kimball (Ken) of Hutchinson, MN, Dan Bailey (Audrey) of Minneapolis, Carla Bailey (Warren Turner) of Duluth, MN, Annie Bailey of Eau Claire, WI, ten grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren.

Dr. Bailey was born in Mansfield, OH. She received her BA from North Central College in Naperville, IL, and her MA and PhD in musicology from the University of Minnesota. She was an accomplished musician and music educator, community organizer for education access in Coahoma, MS, and a proud grandmother.

Memorial contributions in Olive Jean Bailey’s name may be given to your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, August 27th at 3:30 at Becketwood Cooperative, 4300 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406

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