Cedris Bailey

Reflections of Cedris Bailey- Loving Daughter, Sister and Aunt

Marc Antony, in his funeral oration in the popular Shakespeare work, Julius Caesar, is accredited with these words:
“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones”
Our dear sister was not known to have evil in her. Mischief…yes but not evil nor malice.
She was the mischievous prankster in the family. She enjoyed a good laugh at our surprising or alarming reactions to her well devised plans to catch us off-guard with her spoken word or her deeds.
If per chance we were lost to the humor, she would not hesitate to ask, “…so what, you can’t take a joke”?
Cedris passed away August 3, 2018. Cedris loved family dearly. She did not have any children of her own. This, she claimed, did not bother her at all as she considered those of her siblings…all her nieces and nephews as her own.
She showed care and love for all of them, as she did for her siblings. She rejoiced in their successes and suffered in their pains.
She followed the Bailey family tree with a zeal that was almost unrivaled. She researched and explored the connections and branches over years and generations…and at times seemed pained that we all did not demonstrate that same zest.
From an early age she had a determined, fighting spirit. This served her well in her athletic pursuits at school.
Although not a ‘tomboy’ she was never afraid of a challenge from even the boys in the neighborhood. She played a good game of marbles and she could bowl (pitch) a cricket ball faster and better than many. They would struggle to keep up with her in any race and if she said, “…catch me if you can”, they knew it was all over.
Her determination and fighting spirit also served her well in making a life in New York City and later on in her failing health.
She did not complain much as she cared little for pity.
On reflection, she was even quite guarded about the severity of her condition as she did not wish to cause, what we now believe she considered to be, undue anxiety or distress in the family.
It is difficult to even fathom that she chose to run this last race without bringing much attention to herself.
But such is the path she chose, such is the path of a determined and fighting spirit…that no one could have run this race for her…and that she had to finish the course her way.
More importantly, she had a deep faith in God and she trusted Him to direct her path. Yes, we are all sad that she will no longer be with us physically. However, memories of her love and care, her peals of laughter and all her jovial mischief will linger with us forever.
These, for sure, will not be interred with her bones.
And as her path continues to everlasting rest in the Heavens above, just listen keenly…she may have whispered, with that mischievous but peaceful smile, “…catch me if you can”
Travel on to eternal rest, Dear, Loving Cedris.
Sleep on!
A memorial service will be taking place on Saturday, August 10, 2018 at 11am at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, TX 77598.


  1. Cedris, go on and take your rest, in my heart I will always miss you. but Gid loves you best. Sleep well.

    Ivory Taylor Akande
  2. I cried when i heard of her passing, but I know she is at peace with our Heavenly Father. No more pain or sorrow.
    To the Bailey family, Condolences from the Peterson family.

    Sonia Peterson
  3. I have fond memories of Cedris dating back to our time together at Christ the King. She was indeed mischievous with a wicked sense of humour. She was also a fantastic athlete. Her soft, high-pitched voice belied her fierce determination. You underestimated Cedris Bailey at your own risk.

    I extend sympathy to her family and loved ones even as I thank God that her pain and suffering have come to an end. I encourage everyone to pay tribute to Cedris by taking care of your health. Cancer is indeed a scourge. One of the most effective tools we can use in this battle is early detection.

    May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

    Joan H Underwood
    CKHS Class of 1979

    Joan H Underwood
  4. Our deepest condolences goes out to you Trevor, Gaynell and family from Alan Vanderpoole and family. Those we love will walk beside us every day. May she rest in peace!

    Alan Vanderpoole
  5. RIP my old friend, condolences to Gaynelle, Trevor and the rest of the family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Donna-Jean Samuels
  6. My condolences to Gaynelle and the rest of the Bailey family, I remember playing ball at their house on Antigua, I was so scared of their Dad, we usually walked to schi together
    Rest in Peace, definitely gone too soon
    Susan deNully

    Susan deNully
  7. My condolences to the Bailey family on the passing of Cedris.I’ll always remember her sense of humor and that laugh.Rip my sister.May God bless and watch over you always

    David Samuels
  8. RIP Cedris!! The last message I got from you was on January 5th if this year when you message me and telling that you are not hearing from me and that you are worried. All those time you were probably sick and was worried about me and the passing storm that we had I will miss you Cedris Bailey. Rest In Peace dear friend

    Sandra Marajah-Richards USVI
  9. *Condolences to the Bailey family on losing a loving daughter, sister and aunt. Continue to rest in peace Cedris.

    Denise James

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