Mrs. Vicky Bailey, daughter of the late William E. Wells and Melba J. Wells was born November 15, 1951 in Tennessee. She attended the public schools of Muskogee County and was a graduate of Connors State College. Vicky was married to John Bennett Jr in 1969. They had two children, Tracy McAlpine and John Bennett III. She later married Ray Bailey Sr. in 2007. Ray Bailey preceded her in death in 2008.
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Vicky grew up in Muskogee with her family south of town and loved horses from an early age. She spent her early years riding stick horses and skipping like she was on a fast steed. Her love of horses continued in her younger years as she and her sisters participated in various rodeo events, including barrel racing and bronc riding, and were well known among the rodeo community.
Mrs. Bailey worked at Muskogee Regional Hospital before she went to work for Muskogee Public schools as school bus driver. She retired after nearly 30 years of service. She fought a difficult infection before departing this life Monday, March 8th, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital Muskogee. She was preceded in death by her father William E. Wells and mother Melba J. Wells, her brother Bill Wells, sister Sandy Cunningham, and husband Ray Bailey.
Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: daughter Tracy McAlpine and son-in-law Paul of El Paso, TX, her son John Bennett III of Muskogee OK; sisters, Billye Pendley of Muskogee OK, Tina Rawlings and brother-in-law Irv of Yukon OK, Melissa Wells and sister-in-law Lori Nellis of Broken Arrow OK, Kim Finley and brother-in-law Jim of Broken Arrow OK; six grandchildren and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home will be Thursday March 11th from 10am to 8pm. Services will be held at Grandview Baptist Church in Muskogee on Friday March 12th at 10am before proceeding to Ft. Gibson National Cemetery at 12pm for burial.
Pallbearers for the service will be John Bennett III, John Bennett IV, Karsten Bennett, Paul McAlpine, Jim Finley, and Conner Finley. Honorary Pallbearers are Irv Rawlings, Brentton Lowery and Parker Finley.