We are gathered here today in the memory of our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and adoptive mother, Euphemia Castoria Bailey (Mrs. Cass), 93, so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy.
Mrs. Euphemia Castoria Bailey, was born in Tydixon to mother, Cecelia Lewin and father, Emanuel Patience. She was the first of six children. She married Headley Bailey (Headley passed on April 30, 2011.) and this union produced seven children of which three died. Surviving children are Samuel, Amy, Hubert and Sim. Euphemia, her husband and the children migrated to the United States and settled in Easton, Pennsylvania. Their home was open to anyone in need and she always made you feel at home. I remember after my mother passed, I told her that she will have to be my mother now and she smiled. From that moment on I felt a part of this family. No matter what time of day you arrived at the Bailey’s home Mrs. Cass would prepare something for you to eat. Man, let me tell you this lady could cook! Many times I wonder why she didn’t open a restaurant to provide healthy meals to others but I guess she would not find the time to do what she does best – taking care of her household.
I remember our last conversation like it was yesterday. I said to her that she does not look 93 years old and that she looks like she would live to see another 40 years. She said she was tired but she left everything up to JESUS. She said whatever her JESUS wants she is ready to comply.
What a life well lived. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and adoptive mother. She was a friend, confidant for many and a prayer warrior for countless lives that crossed her path. She was kind, loving, very considerate, always greeting you with a smile, and God fearing. She would pray to her Jesus multiple times per day and offer prayers for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and her adoptive children.
Mrs. Cass was only 93 years old when she passed away quietly on Wednesday, January 13, 2021t at her home in Easton, Pennsylvania. During the last month of Mrs. Cass' life her daughter Amy and her granddaughter Karen took time off from their work to take care of her. Her sons played their part. It’s hard to say goodbye. We wish that we had more time, and perhaps that during the time we had, we had spent more of it together. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love and perseverance. The ways she touched our lives will remain, and I ask you to keep those memories alive by sharing them with her children and with one another.
Mrs. Cass is survived by four children, twenty grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren and one brother, Mr. Maliki.
We’ll close today with the 23rd Psalm ‘the Lord is my shepherd’, but before we do, on behalf of myself and rest of the family, I’d like to thank you all for joining us to celebrate in the life of Mrs. Cass.
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