In Memory Of
Debbie Bailey Ward
She has been the driving force in our club. She is missed and loved by us all.
On Friday, November 29, 2019, Debbie passed away after a short, challenging battle with cancer. She was only 64, but during her life she accomplished many things and was loved by many family and friends.
Debbie lived her whole life in Fort Wayne and graduated from Wayne High School. She then attended Purdue University where she earned a degree in Horticulture. Debbie was an avid Purdue football fan and enjoyed going to the games when she could.
She was a committed and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne, IN. In her active role she served as a deacon, as the lead usher, drove the church shuttle bus that others could also attend services, and often adorned the church with flowers.
Debbie worked in several career pathways. She was a licensed commercial florist, veterinarian technician, and veterinarian office manager. She was also very artistic. Her talents included floral and silk design and very intricate china painting. Many lucky people received these as special gifts.
Debbie was passionate in her love of animals, especially dogs. She was president of Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club, recording secretary of Fort Wayne Obedience Training Club, and president of the Williana Clumber Spaniel Club. She was especially proud of her work with the Three Rivers Visiting Dogs, which visits nursing homes and hospitals. Everyone in the infusion ward knew “Deb” because she had visited with Artemis, her Clumber spaniel.
Even with her declining health, Debbie was determined to lead and complete the 2019 Old Fort Cluster Dog Show at the Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Recently, she told a dear friend, “This is really my place….my good place.”
Debbie is survived by her loving siblings, Charles Bailey and his wife Jane of St. Louis, MO; Curtis Bailey and his husband David Tignor of Sarasota, FL; and Diana Bailey and her husband Christopher Harvel of Columbia, MD. Debbie is a dear aunt, great-aunt and cousin, and she also had many adoring friends, colleagues and church family supporters.