Samantha Farris Bailey, known as Sammie, of Guntersville, passed away on June 23, 2019. She was 83.
She was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.
She went to Crawford Long Nursing School at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from nursing school, she married the love of her life Bill Bailey. Soon after marrying, they moved to Guntersville. She was a nurse at Guntersville Hospital for over 30 years. They had three daughters and later three grandchildren.
She was devoted to her profession. In her spare time, she loved to cook and spend time with friends and family. She was known for her sense of humor and her courage and strength as she battled Huntington’s Disease.
She was very involved in the Huntington’s Society of America. She was named Huntington’s Person Of The Year in 1998 for her example to others living with Huntington’s Disease. She was honored at an awards banquet in Denver, Colorado. She was active in fundraising, research and support groups for the disease.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, who passed away two months ago and her daughter, Vicki.
She was the daughter of Sam Farris and Bonnie Farris. Her mother lived to be 103.
She is survived by her daughters Jill Bailey, Susan Yarbro (Mike) and grandchildren, Drew Yarbro, Sarah Yarbro, and Will Yarbro.
The memorial service was held June 26 at Guntersville First United Methodist, where she was a member since 1959. Guntersville Memorial Chapel assisted the family.
The family suggests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Guntersville.