1930 – 2014

FARMINGTON — Maxine L. Bailey, 83, of Fayette Road in Livermore Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 18, at Franklin Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

She was born April 18, 1930, in East Wilton, the youngest of six children of Bernal E. Lake and Helen (Bryant) Lake. In 1932, after the death of her father, the family moved to Church Street in Livermore Falls. She was a 1948 graduate of Livermore Falls High School. That same year she married Clarence E. Bailey Jr. of Livermore Falls and had three sons.

For many years she worked at Bailey’s Furniture, the family-owned furniture and music store in downtown Livermore Falls. After the store closed, she worked at the local shoe shop and the 11th District Court. In 1979, she was elected town clerk/treasurer of Livermore Falls, a position she held for nine years, and later served nine years as town manager.

A dedicated public servant whose love of politics inspired her children, she was particularly proud of her involvement in the construction and operation of the town’s gazebo. She retired in 1998 and made her home where she lived independently for 50 years a warm, comfortable place for many gatherings of friends and family.

She was especially proud of her three sons, by whom she is survived, Kevin Bailey of Houston, Texas, Douglas Bailey of West Newton, Mass., and Dennis Bailey of Portland; along with five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, who died in 1994; sisters, Phyllis Dolloff and Minola Bubier; and brothers, Kenneth, Norman and Elmer Lake.

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