August 27, 1946 - August 6, 2017
Memorial Service, August 27th, 2017, 1:00 PM at Portland First Church of the Nazarene, 6100 SW Raab Road, Portland, OR 97221. CLICK HERE for directions.
Reception to follow the memorial service.
Gordon Michael Bailey born to Gordon & Helen “Ferne” Bailey on August 27th, 1946. Many refer to him as “Mike”. He had three (3) brothers, Alan, Brad and Randy. Growing up in North Portland, They played many baseball games in the school yard just a half block up the street. Mike and his brothers cared for each other and were very typical when it came to boys. There is only seven years between the oldest to youngest.
He served in Vietnam as a medic in the summer of 1966 and came home in the fall of 1968. Helping people heal was very natural for him.
Once back home, he met his wife Darlene through the Dr. Leslie Parrott who was a former pastor at Portland First Church of the Nazarene (PFCN) when it was located down at 12th and Main. They began dating and were married in February of 1969. They welcomed their first child, Christy in September of 1969 and their second child, Tim in July of 1975.
He began working at Emanuel Hospital in 1969. He was hired to work in the Cath Lab. Doctors, nurses and staff knew that Mike would always do more than what was needed. He worked with all ages from newborns to the elderly. Everyone knew him to have a sweet smile. He left Emanuel in 1999 to work for Peace Health in Vancouver, WA. Everyone knew him to give generously and always willing to contribute time to others. Mike went into retirement like so many do and was busier than working full time. He worked for the US Post Office for a few years and started volunteering for Loaves & Fishes. He would sometimes do 4-5 routes a day just to make sure folks had what they needed. He also volunteered to help at PFCN to replace light bulbs and do various other tasks that needed to be done.
One Thanksgiving Eve he brought home a woman and her baby because it was a terrible rainy night. They came in sat on the sofa. We got them some blankets and a pillow and Darlene helped with the baby who was cold, tired and hungry. We all went to bed that night and they were gone the next morning, but that is just how Mike was, loving on strangers.
There was also the time when a few guys bicycling from California up through Oregon and one of them had a severe crash. They got in touch with PFCN because they were needing somewhere to stay. Mike offered his home as long as they needed a place while their friend recouped in the hospital.
Mike and his wife Darlene have stayed a part of PFCN. Mike always had a servant’s heart. That feeling of joy that comes from serving was a way of life for him. Mike went on several work and witness trips with the church including, Alaska, Mexico, Russia, Kenya, Peru to name a few. He also volunteered for Kids Camp for a few years.
In their semi-retirement they also began to enjoy going out for dinner a couple evenings a week. They always made friends quickly with the wait staff and it would change from “let’s go to Red Robin” to “let’s go see Dani”. Mom and Dad knew the lives and the goings-on of various folks everywhere they went. Shari at Stanford’s, Sandra and Black Angus and Nancy from the pedicure salon just to name a few.
He has the best grand-daughter in the world, and he wasn’t afraid to share that with you, Grace. He is known as Papa to her. Papa was a rock for Grace and an example of God’s love for her.
Mike, Darlene, Christy, Grace and Amy (Christy’s step daughter) had the chance to go to Disneyland in May of 2017. It was a great trip and we were so blessed to spend the time together as a family and it is such a great memory! However, I think that Grace enjoyed the hotel pool more than Disneyland ?
Mike was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in October of 2015. The Doctors gave him six months at the time and God was gracious to give us an additional 18 months.
He was a loving husband, brother, father and papa. He will be missed by so many, but we have joy in our hearts that he is with Jesus and enjoying the company of so many that have gone before him.