Josephine Adamo Baylis


Mrs. Josephine Adamo Baylis, 91, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, at her daughter’s home in Nassawadox. Born Jan. 26, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Queens, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Gasper Adamo and Frances Adragna Adamo.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, volunteer, and devout Catholic, Jo’s life revolved around caring for others and she excelled in doing so. She began her career in nursing at the former Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital (Shore Memorial Hospital) in Nassawadox, where she also served as a volunteer during her retirement. Later, she worked at Heritage Hall, was the school nurse at South Accomack Elementary, and clinic nurse at Perdue Farms, where she would retire after decades of helping those in need. Nothing brought Jo more happiness than having a house full of kids, always welcoming her children’s and grandchildren’s friends and spoiling them with all the baked goods they could eat. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and graciously shared the fruits of her labor over the years.

Jo is survived by her children, Thomas Michael Baylis, of Cape Charles, Gary Arthur Baylis, of Parksley, Patricia Baylis Gorman and husband, John, of Nassawadox, and Kevin Wayne Baylis and his wife, Debbie, of Onley; grandchildren, Jeremey Kyle Gorman (Liv), Jillian Gorman Olson (Jake), Zachary William Baylis, Garret Morgan Baylis, and Amanda Jo Baylis; great-grandchildren, Jude Edward Gorman and Ferris Redding Gorman; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Frances Adamo Thuilot, and her husband, Charles; brother, Vincent James Adamo, and his wife, Chloris; granddaughter, Megan Leann Baylis; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Baylis.
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Onley, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, with Father Michael Imperial officiating. Inurnment was in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Josephine’s memory may be made to Intrepid Hospice, 165 Market St., Suite 2, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements were by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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