“Jesus, please remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Patricia “Pat” was born in Blue Island, Illinois on June 28, 1931 to Beulah and Roger Mason and passed away peacefully with her sons by her side on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Educated in Chicago public schools, Pat attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, and received her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in 1953. She married George William “Bill” Bailey on June 13, 1953 at St. John’s Chapel on the campus of the University. She then began working for Dr. John Bardeen a physicist and electrical engineer who was awarded the Nobel Prize twice, and who invented the transistor. Pat and Bill moved to Baton Rouge in 1958 and quickly became active and involved in the community and in raising their family. Pat was a founding member of St. Thomas More Parish, and was very active in the development of St. Thomas More School. She served in numerous capacities including room mother, substitute teacher, Home and School Association, Brownies and Girl Scouts. Pat also played the organ for the church. When Pat was not volunteering her time or raising her children, she was an exercise enthusiast, and competed in tennis and bowling. In addition to traveling and enjoying the beach, Pat enjoyed all LSU sports, and rarely missed a television or radio broadcast of the various sports. Pat’s primary interests and efforts in life were the health, happiness, security and success of her family. Her devotion to her family was obvious to all who knew her. Pat is survived by her children, Michael Bailey, Lisa Harrell, Marc Bailey and Matt Bailey; grandchildren, Ashley Bailey, Patrick Bailey, William Bailey, Jordyn Reese Bailey, Mason Harrell, Trent Harrell and Cameron Harrell; a sister, Mickie Mason; and numerous great grandchildren. Pat was preceded in death by her husband of almost 70 years, Bill, her brother, Bob Mason, her sister Sandy Schwiebert and her parents.
Visitation will be held at St. Thomas More Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70815, on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. until Mass of Resurrection at 12:00 p.m. celebrated by Father Al Davidson. Interment following the service at Resthaven.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Retirement Fund, 3080 Kleinert Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.