In Passing

Carolee Louise Bailey

Carolee Louise Bailey

On Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, Carolee Louise Bailey (nee Gentili), loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away in Tucson, Ariz.

Carolee was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., the only child of Albert and Louise Gentili. She attended Central Washington State University briefly before her first marriage and the birth of her three daughters. She later relocated to California to raise her daughters as a single parent. While there she returned to college, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. Carolee worked in real estate, land conservation, and as a paralegal. Later in life she developed a passion for politics and volunteered extensively.

In 2009 she met and a year later married Paul Bailey. Together they found love, companionship, and adventure. They traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and throughout the U.S. by motorcycle and with Corvette clubs.

Carolee adored her four grandchildren and cherished spending time with them. She loved her Burmese kitties, Sanda and Wynn, gardening, and staying fit. She was an avid, lifelong reader and always had a good book to share.

In 2014 Paul and Carolee came to SaddleBrooke Ranch to build their forever home. Carolee was involved in various activities at the Ranch. In 2019 she found her true passion and organized the Republican Women of Action (WOA). The WOA grew over the years to more than 120 members. They functioned to educate women in politics and to provide a means where women could be involved in political functions.

Carolee is survived by her husband Paul, daughters Tracy Magers, Tia Magers, and Kendall Hewitt and husband Noah, as well as her four grandchildren Matthew and Nikola Koso and Kenna and Matea Hewitt. She will be dearly missed by all.

A private, family memorial will be held in the Chicago area at a later date.