Bailey Nicole De Vries
Bailey De Vries, 22, of Dubuque and formerly of Hardy, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services for Bailey De Vries will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Clarion Church of Christ, 420 North Main Street in Clarion, with Pastor Warren Curry officiating. Burial will take place at Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter at a later date.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion, and will continue an hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Bailey Nicole De Vries was born December 16, 1996 in Rockford, Illinois to Scott and Michelle (Warner) De Vries. Bailey was named after her grandma Nancy’s maiden name. She was raised in the Hardy, Iowa area and graduated from Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School in 2016.
Prior to her senior year in high school, Bailey joined the Army National Guard and did her basic training that summer at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After high school graduation, she did her advanced individual training at Fort Lee, Virginia. She was a member of Alpha Company 248th Aviation Support Battalion, the “Distro Devils”, based in Waterloo, Iowa. She was deployed with her unit in October of 2017 until September of 2018, serving in Kuwait and Iraq.
During her deployment, Bailey took an active role in ministry, praying with soldiers and leading Bible studies. She helped run sound at worship services and took an interest in becoming a chaplain. In January, she completed a transfer to the headquarters in Boone in order to become a chaplain’s assistant under the Battalion Chaplain.
Bailey was currently enrolled at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, majoring in educational ministries with an emphasis in ministry leadership. Her faith was central to her life, she was a member of the Clarion Church of Christ, part of the Shine and Chicks ministries in Clarion, and contributed to the Gurl Power Facebook page along with her friends, where they shared their faith with others and helped empower other young women of faith.
Bailey was a hard worker from her youth, started serving at a church in Charles City at age 9, she took on a paper route at 12 and worked at Casey’s and Pizza Ranch in Clarion. Most recently, while attending Emmaus, she worked in the kitchen.
Bailey’s other interests included cooking, Anime, learning to play cello, sewing and playing cards and board games. During high school, she acted in several of the school plays. She loved her dog, Zoey.
Bailey will be lovingly remembered for her heart of gold, for her beautiful smile, for giving the best bear hugs, and for her infectious love of life and God. She was selfless, ambitious and goal-oriented.
Bailey is survived by her parents, Scott and Michelle De Vries of Hardy; her sisters Pamela (Josh) Santos of Humboldt, Kailey De Vries and Tamela De Vries of Hardy; niece and God-daughter Daenerys Bailey Santos, on the way; grandparents Cheryl Warnock of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Nancy (Dennis) Harriman of San Diego, California and Frank (Judy) De Vries of Riverside, California; her aunt Pamela De Vries of Rochester, Minnesota; her uncle Mark (Lynn) Martin of Racine, Wisconsin; her foster-sister Samantha Knipfel of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; her God-mother Jen Wagner of Nashua, Iowa; along with other family members; numerous Army and Army National Guard sisters and brothers and countless friends.
Bailey was preceded in death by her great-uncle Ron Bailey.
Memorial contributions may be directed to First Citizens Bank in Clarion or the Clarion Church of Christ.