Kaye Lynn Bailey, born January 23rd, 1967 at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville, passed away the morning of August 17th, 2020 at the age of 53 of natural causes. She is survived by her son Connor Bailey, parents Jane & Ed Christman, her siblings Kim Scully, Dave Bailey, Brian Bailey, stepsiblings Nick & Dave Christman, many nieces and nephews, and her partner Barry Welsh. The family will hold private services on Labor Day weekend to honor Kaye’s memory.
Kaye grew up in the towns of Cicero and Noblesville with her mother Jane Christman and father David “Moon” Bailey. She graduated from Noblesville High School with the class of 1985 and maintained many dear friendships for the rest of her life. After the tragic passing of her close friend Teri in 1985, Kaye became involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Later she moved to Vail, Colorado for a time, until moving back to Indianapolis. Kaye worked as a waitress in Indianapolis leading up to when she gave birth to Connor in the spring of 1992.
As a single mother, Kaye dedicated her life to raising her son. Moving from Indianapolis back to her hometown of Cicero, Kaye worked full-time to provide a life for Connor, setting examples for her son of hard honest work, good morals, and love and tolerance of the differences in all people. She oversaw her son’s completion of K-12 and eventual enrollment in college, always emphasizing that a mother should work to create a better future for her children.
After Connor left for college, Kaye enrolled in a 2-year nursing program where she would eventually graduate and receive her license to become an LPN. She worked for Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton and Harbor Manor in Noblesville. During her tenure as a nurse, she touched many lives as a caregiver for those nearing the end of their time, providing comfort to her patients with her natural empathy, love, and compassion. While it was not always easy work, it was always fulfilling for her and the people she cared for.
Although Kaye always projected love and positivity, she was privately tormented by depression and alcoholism. She went through these uncertain times leading up to when she met Barry. Finding comfort and love in Barry, Kaye lived with him in Greenfield with their dog Oakley, and two cats, Louie and Charlie. In Barry’s words, Kaye was a “troubled and beautiful soul. You often find people are one or the other, but Kaye was both.”
Kaye will be remembered as a shining example of what a single mother can accomplish not only for her son but for herself. She will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter, sister, partner, and friend, and a positive force in her community. With her passing, she has now gone to join her beloved father, Moon, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration and happiness.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel where you may send condolences at www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com.
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