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Gretchen Marie Swader Bailey passed away peacefully on December 1, 2020 in her home with her loved ones by her side after a battle with cancer. Born October 1, 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin to Carol and Michael “Spike” Swader, she graduated from La Follette High School and later joined the US Navy in December 1996.
She served in Norfolk, Virginia where she met her husband, Brent. The two were married on July 1, 1999 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Gretchen was a supportive, nurturing, and loving mother to her three children Olivia, Emma, and Jacob. Always encouraging her children’s interests, she shared with them her love of music and reading. Through them her spirit lives on.
Gretchen enjoyed running, cooking, vacuuming, and spending time with her family. She was a caring, kind, empathetic soul who often surprised coworkers with homemade cookies and treats, offering them a listening ear and sometimes sharing advice. She was the manager at Dunkin’ Donuts in Cambridge, MD, and spent 11 years taking pride in providing coffee and a smile to her regular customers.
Gretchen is survived by her husband of 21 years, Brent R. Bailey Jr, children Olivia, Emma, and Jacob, and stepdaughters Gini and Rebecca. Also, her mother Carol Anderson and her husband Bill and sister Michelle Swader-Harnisch and her husband Chad.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her father Michael Swader and son Brent Michael Bailey.
There will be no services held at this time.
Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gretchen’s name can be sent to Coastal Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21801.
To share online condolences with the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com
We didnt really know you only from coming thru drive thru at dunkins. You were always nice and friendly . REST IN PEACE
Mr & Mrs Calvert Townsend Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM
To The Family;I met Gretchen coming in Food Lion and Sunoco she always have a beautiful smile.Continue to hold on to all the memories.May God continue to bless you with His strength, peace, happiness, joy and Most of all Jesus Love...Joanne M. Chase ( Food Lion )
Joanne M. Chase Dec 11 2020 12:00 AM
May Gretchen's beautiful & precious soul rest in peace
SUE Dec 9 2020 12:00 AM
Prayers for your family. I sure will miss seeing her at Dunkin! She was always so very kind!
Lisa Kahl Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Gretchen Bailey
Art & Donna Phillips & family Dec 7 2020 12:00 AM
My love and prayers go out to Brent, Gini, Rebecca, Olivia, Emma and Jacob. I have had the pleasure of working with the family since my days at SDS. I have been involved with all of the children at some point in my career. Each child is so special and such a blessing. Gretchen was always involved in their education. She was such a pleasure to interact with and always had the children's best interest in her heart. Gretchen - your unending love and support for your family will be truly missed! Your kids have a lot to be thankful for. Your love and support for them was always amazing. Fly high beautiful mom!
Kristi Dec 5 2020 12:00 AM
I met gretchen at sunco everyday I would run into her an we talked an played scratchoff she was my lucky charm I always told her that an she would laugh at me, but I always won when she was around me, she was a blessing an will truly be missed, fly high sweetheart
Jolynn wilson Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM
We will miss Gretchen at Dunkin, she was always friendly and took a second to chat,our sympathy to her family
Buddy & Jo Anne Tall Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM
Emma,I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about your mom. I use to stop at the drive through when she wasn't busy and we would talk about you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Ruark Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM
I went to school with Gretchen and will always remember her beautiful smile and warm heart. We used to talk for hours. She was a truly special person, a big light in people's lives, and I'm so thankful that I knew her. I send my love to Carol, Brent, Olivia, Emma & Jacob. ~Brea (Class of '95)
Brea (Davis) Kleine Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM