Ruby & Ikey (Rodney) Bailey
2014 was a difficult year for the Bailey Family.
April after a two year battle with Spindle Cell Leiomyosarcoma, Ikey lost his battle. The two years spent undergoing
treatment was very difficult for his family. He had to be hospitalized each time he had chemo. His wife Ruby would
stay with him for a week at the VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
He would undergo numerous
rounds of chemo as well as radiation. His journey was a difficult one, with much pain. On April 30 he passed away,
at home with several if his loved ones around him.
Sadly, his beloved wife would not be by
his side. Her journey began in early April. She experienced severe headaches and was confined to bed for several
days. Her physician thought it was stress and exhaustion from her role as primary caregiver for her husband. In
late April, as Ikey was approaching the end of his journey, her journey with Melanoma of the Brain would begin. She
went to a doctor appointment on April 28, and would not return until after her beloved husband had passed away and was being
laid to rest.
Her journey would be rapid, and after a round of radiation and chemotherapy
the family would again be faced with a horrible loss.
September 5 she would be taken from them and be joined
with her husband, the one true love of her life.
Their children would lose both parents in just over
four months. They never really had time to mourn their father's passing, and would be thrown back into the realm of
chemo and radiation with their mother. They would have numerous trips to the ER and hospital only to finally be placed
in the care of Hospice.
Donations in their names are being accepted and will be used in Tennessee
to help not only their family meet any financial debt still outstanding, but also area patients who are struggling.
heartfelt prayers go out to their family during this time of sadness and sorrow.