Born: December 28, 1910
Died: January 23, 2011
God needed another angel in heaven, so he called Mrs. Cloree Witt Bailey to be with him. A life long resident of Columbia County, Mrs. Bailey passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 23, 2011. She was 100 years old on December 28, 2010.
She was a retired school teacher having taught at Mason City and Eastside Elementary Schools for forty-six years. She attended Columbia County Public Schools and received a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1950. She and her husband owned and operated a large farm beginning in 1931.
She was a member of Mikesville Presbyterian Church, the Tri-County Widows Club, and Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority of Lake City. She enjoyed her church activities, reunions, visiting with friends and relatives, reading, crossword puzzles, and she loved the Gators.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Matthew B. Bailey, her parents, Satira Shealey and Harold Witt, sisters: Sadie (George) Williams, Hazel (Leroy) Witt, Anna (James) Milford, Elizabeth (James) LaMon, and brothers: Shealey (Toby) Witt, and Richard (Evelyn) Witt. Survivors include: Clarice Witt, sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews as well as many friends and former students.
Her family wishes to thank the many caregivers (Mrs. Cloree's Angels) and the Hospice of Nature Coast who cared for her during the last few years of her life.
Funeral services will conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2011, in the chapel of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Lake City with Pastors Herb Brownlee and Rhonda Link-Cummings officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service (10:00 a.m.). Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Following the service, friends and relatives will gather at Mikesville Presbyterian Church for lunch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Building Fund of Mikesville Presbyterian Church, 384 SE Clubhouse Lane, Lake City, FL 32024, to Hospice of the Nature Coast 906 NW Drane St., Branford, FL 32008 or Gideon International c/o Mikesville Presbyterian Church.
Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home 3596 South U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, FL 32025 (386) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please sign our guestbook at