Royce Kane Bailey
Royce Kane Bailey
  • October 25, 1925 - December 17, 2015
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Royce Renee Kane Bailey, ("Roycie") beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, December 17, 2015, from complications arising from a recent stroke. Royce will be remembered as a dedicated mother and devoted friend to all who were lucky enough to cross her path. Her sweet disposition, charming personality, quick wit and gentle concern for her family and friends were the distinguishing hallmarks of her life. She was the mother, grandmother and friend that everyone should want to have and desire to be. When it came to her family and friends, she always knew what you needed and was always there to help.
Royce began her extraordinary life on October 25, 1925, in Grand Junction, Colorado. She was born to Col. LeRoy Kane and Dorothy Maude Gardner. She graduated from Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High, East High School and attended the University of Utah where she pledged Pi Beta Phi. As a girl, she enjoyed visiting her grandparents in Utah and Sanpete Counties. She spent time in Panama with her father who was the President of the Panama Railroad and met many distinguished military leaders including Admiral "Bull" Halsey and General Dwight Eisenhower. She also worked for Pan American World Airways during the early days of commercial flight. She had both Irish and Utah pioneer ancestry, was proud of that ancestry and for a long time had the "luck of the Irish" when it came to her health.
Her life changed forever when she met Bill Bailey. She and Bill were married on April 10, 1947, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City, and were married for 62 years. They made an incredible team-simply known as "Bill and Royce" or "B&R," and she greatly missed "her Billy" after he passed away in 2010.
Royce's life focused on family, friends and volunteering. She was fiercely loyal to her family and loved spending time with her family members. She loved her friends and they loved her. Many of them called her every day. She always looked forward to spending time with women of the Samba Club and the bridge group. Many of her friends were lifelong friends, but she continually formed new friendships. She was a dedicated volunteer, devoting thousands of hours at Holy Cross Hospital, Judge Memorial High School, the Neighborhood Garden Club and the Town Club.
She loved to travel with her family and friends. She made many theatre trips to New York over the years, and since Bill's passing she continued her travels to Hawaii, Las Vegas, and only a few months ago to Denver to attend her grand-daughter Lindsay's wedding.
She was a longtime member of The Country Club, the Town Club and the Neighborhood Garden Club.
She is survived by her children, Joyce Dansie, Barbara Keller (Steven), Tony Bailey (Amy), Michael Bailey (Jacquie); eight grandchildren, Shelley, Jeff, Maren, Tyler, Lindsay, Spencer, Clare and Anne; and three great-grandchildren, John, Ansley and Blake. She is also survived by her brother, David. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and her sister, Barbara.
The family will receive visitors on Monday, December 21, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Evans & Early Mortuary, located at 574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City. Royce loved a good story. Stories involving Royce as well as on-line condolences to the family may be sent to: A private graveside service for family members and burial will take place on Tuesday, December 22.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Town Club Preservation Fund in Royce's honor. The family wishes to express its appreciation to all those who have supported them with actions or prayers during this time, including the friends and caregivers that assisted Royce along the way, especially Ilona, Damaris and Margaret.