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In Memory

Virginia 'Ginny' Carleen Olson Bailey, 65, retired health center employee, died Jan. 5

February 22, 2009

Virginia 'Ginny' Carleen Olson Bailey, 65, of Fort Collins, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at the Mitchell County Regional Health Center-Hospice Unit in Osage, Iowa.

Ginny was born Sept. 29, 1943, at Montevideo, Minn., the daughter of Marshall and Nelette (Hegland) Olson.  

CSU alumna and former chief pharmacist

Ginny grew up in Willmar, Minn. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., before graduating from North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy in Fargo in 1966. She earned a Master of Science degree in physiology with emphasis on pharmacology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 1980.

Ginny worked part-time as a pharmacist in Kansas and in the Fort Collins area and served as staff and chief pharmacist at the CSU Health Center before retiring in 1999.

In 1966, Ginny married Ray Bailey; they were divorced in 1993. During her lifetime, she served others in various capacities including Sunday School superintendent and council member at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. Ginny was an avid golfer. She could tackle any "do-it-yourself" project. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Ginny is survived by a daughter, Angela (Jeff) Nasstrom of Osage, Iowa, and their children, Lauren, Erica, Bailey, and Carson; and a son, Josh Bailey of Fort Collins. Also surviving are sisters, Carolyn (Lynn Steenblock) Olson of Forest Lake, Minn., Margaret (Lon) Larson of Lakeville, Minn.; a brother, Steve Olson of Houston, Texas; as well as seven nieces and nephews.

Ginny's parents preceded her in death.

Memorial service Friday, Feb. 27

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fort Collins.

Contributions in Ginny's memory can be made to the organization of the donor's choice.

Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home, Osage, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements. (641) 732-3706.

Originally published in the Coloradoan, Feb. 22, 2009.