Lyda Bailey Family

Lyda Bailey

Lyda M. Bailey was born 1888 in WI to Charles and Rebecca (Hall) Bailey and died September 17, 1966 in Milwaukee, WI. She married George Nelson October 8, 1917 in Eau Claire. George b: They had two children:

Lyda on right with friends

Notes from Lyda's granddaughter (2009):

Lyda was called "IO" which started when Jim Crandall was young and could not say "Grandma". She was only 5 foot tall and never weighed more than 90 pounds. She was very kind. She read a book a day (mostly mysteries) and smoked right up until her death of a heart attack. She lived with her son George and his family after George Sr. died. George and Dorothy were building their 4-bedroom dream home in Milwaukee. They changed the plans and made an apartment for Lyda upstairs. She was left with little money and soat the age of 60 got her first job as a sales lady at Gimbels. She never learned to drive.

Lyda Bailey

Lyda Bailey

George, Sr. worked as a foundry supervisor. They lived in Sheboygan, Fort Atkinson, Milton, Janesville, Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wisconsin.

George, Jr. was a very fine man. He was a Milwaukee policeman and was a lieutenant when he retired.

Jesse married at age 17 and lived in Janesville. The family called her "Jess" but her friends called her "Jaye".

Lyda Bailey

She was not a pretty woman but was tall and striking. She always dressed well and was a delight to be with. She did a lot of work for retarded children and with a few other mothers started an organization for retarded children in the 1930's. This was a time when little was done if you had a retarded child. Her grandson, David, was retarded and did very well and worked at the Albuquerque post office for years and is now retired and living in a group home. Jess lived in Waukesha and Beloit before she and George moved to Albuquerque to be near their son and his family.

Lyda, Mary, Sally and George Nelson


Both Lyda and her husband are buried in the Bailey lot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Eau Claire, WI.

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