Dolores Bailey


Mrs. Dolores Elsner Bailey, 92, wife of the late William T. Bailey Jr. and a resident of Cape Charles, went home to be with her heavenly father on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. A native of the Eastern Shore, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Edward Elsner and the late Verleader Anne Charnock Elsner.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Bailey-Woolard and her husband, William, of Rocky Mount, N.C.; brother-in-law, Jackie Lee Bailey; grandson, BJ Woolard and his wife, Becca; great-granddaughter, Emma Woolard; numerous cousins and friends throughout North Carolina and Virginia; and Larry Lewis, her caretaker for many years. Mrs. Bailey was a friend and mother to her daughter Donna Jo’s friends and loved her four-legged creatures and treated them like children. Her dog, Spice, misses her terribly.

A funeral mass was conducted Tuesday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father J. Michael Breslin officiating. Interment followed in Cape Charles Cemetery. Family received friends Sunday afternoon, June 30, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home, 119 Pine St., Cape Charles, VA 23310. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, 545 Randolph Avenue, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

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