Gracie P. Bailey, 78

Gracie P. Bailey, 78, of Frankford, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Jesus had her come home on a beautiful sunny day to spend Easter with Him and her loving husband, Orville. Bailey was born in Deep Creek, Va., on Feb. 24, 1939, daughter of the late William Parks and Merle (Johnson) Parks.

Bailey married the love of her life, William Orville Bailey Sr., in 1955. She had worked for many years at various garment factories on the Eastern Shore. In 1977, the couple moved to Frankford, Del., and started Bailey’s Seafood, which is still in full operation today.

Bailey loved going to bingo, paint-nights and shopping trips with her children on holidays. She also had a passion for thrift stores.

In addition to her parents, Bailey was preceded in death by the love of her life, William Orville Bailey Sr., on Jan. 9, 2017; two brothers, Woody and Stanley Parks of Virginia; and two sisters, Mary Alice Phillips and Lillian Mae Thornes, also of Virginia. She is survived by her seven children, Penny Lewis and her husband, Jimmy Lewis Sr., of Frankford, Kim Brewington and her husband, Eddie Brewington III, of Dagsboro, Del., Betty Grace Eskridge and her husband, Mike, of Bridgeville, Del., Lillian Bailey and her partner, Tommy, of Frankford, Cheryl Workman and her husband, Dennis, of Frankford, Marybeth Dear and Dorsey Dear Jr., of Frankford, and William Orville “Bud” Bailey Jr. of Frankford; 13 grandchildren, Jamie Lewis Jr., Kelly Lewis, Ashleigh Lewis, Heather Hudson, George Brewington IV, Heaven Howard, Robbie Howard III, Jordan Workman Sr., Megan Workman, Dorsey Dear III, Joshua Dear, William O. Bailey III and Zachary Bailey; 18 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill Parks, and his wife, Betty Jean, of Onancock, Va.

The family expressed their appreciation to Delaware Hospice for the loving and caring support Bailey received for the last few weeks.

A visitation and funeral service were scheduled for April 13, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del. Interment was to follow at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. Condolences may be sent online at