East Poestenkill- Virginia M. (Swankey) Bailey, 90, a lifelong resident of Poestenkill, died peacefully Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Eddy Heritage House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Troy, following a short illness.
Born in Poestenkill, June 7, 1928, Virginia was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Henrietta (Momrow) Swankey, and for over 61 years, the devoted wife of Donald R. “Donnie” Bailey of East Poestenkill, who survives. Virginia and Don were married on June 15, 1957.
Mrs. Bailey was a graduate of Troy High School’s Class of 1946 and the former Troy Business College in Troy, earning an Associate Degree in English and Library Resources.
For over 46 years she was employed as the director of the Architect’s Library at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She worked diligently to gather and provide the appropriate material for the Architectural Engineering Department staff and students with whom she enjoyed and took great pride in assisting.
She was a life member of the First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill. She always enjoyed going for Sunday drives with Donnie, especially in her favorite red 1966 Ford LTD convertible. She was an avid reader.
In addition to her husband, Virginia is survived by a brother, Donald “Bubby” Swankey, her nephews and nieces, Mark and Christine Swankey and Michael R. and Julie Swankey, all of East Poestenkill, and Maribeth Swankey of Thailand, and three great nieces, Nicole Swankey Cohoes Melanie McGraw of Saratoga and Kaimeisha Swankey of Albany.
At Virginia’s request, a graveside service only will be held later this Spring at the 56 Road, Woodside Cemetery in East Poestenkill at a date and time to be announced. There will be no public calling.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Fund in loving memory of Virginia A. Bailey.