On October 10th, 1999 @ 8:30 PM the world lost a wonderful person, Patricia Bailey.
As of today, Nana has been gone from my life for 9 years. I miss her greatly. She was not just my Nana, my grandma, but also my very best friend.
She was the one person that I could trust to give me the honest answer. Not the one I wanted to hear, and not necessarily the kindest, but the honest one. It was always said with love and care, she always took care to not hurt you.
She was a very kind and loving person. She would give you the shirt of her back if you needed it. She always offered to help, if you were in need. For most of the years of my life, her and Papa used their vacation to go to Florida and work on her mothers home, it was always in a state of needing repair.
She did not tolerate people messing with her family. One story in particular strikes me right now… Gram, her grandmother, was wheelchair bound. She came to find out that her Cousin, was over medicating Gram… essentially trying to kill her. Well, the rest of the family went up there and Nana got it straightened out. All I ever heard about it was “Patty got it straightened out”. And, she did. No one worried when she was in charge.
When she went to the store, she would buy something for me before she would think of buying something for herself. When we went out to eat with others, she always insisted on paying. If she was your friend, then you were one lucky person. There was no better friend than she and I try to emulate her as much as I can.
So, here’s to you, Nana. I love you, I miss you terribly and I’m so glad that you were in my life even if it wasn’t as long as I would have liked.
Appreciate your mom and dad while you have them, for when they’re gone you’ll miss them terribly.
— Fizz —