Wendy J. Bailey, 50

February 01, 2011

DEC. 25, 1960-JAN. 26, 2011

Wendy Jayne Bailey, 50, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at home, following a battle with multiple sclerosis.

She grew up in Clinton, Iowa, daughter of Weston and Betty Hill Jayne.

Wendy was city planner for Johnson City.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Wendy also was a member of the Ann Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City Youth Ballet.

Wendy was a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Wendy was a 23-year employee with the Johnson City Planning Department. She served as the staff person to the Historic Zoning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was an integral staff member in the city’s development of the city’s comprehensive plan, with an emphasis on historic preservation.

She was a member of the American Planning Association, the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

She was actively involved in the city annexation process, having participated in more than 400 annexations. She was very active in historic-preservation efforts in the city and responsible for the adoption of several districts in the city. She also served as the city liaison in the 1990, 2000 and 2010 U.S. census.

Survivors include her husband, William P. Bailey III, of the home; a son, William P. Bailey IV, of the home; a daughter, Elizabeth Jayne Bailey, of the home; her parents, Weston and Betty Jayne of Hagerstown, Md.; two brothers, Tim Tenent-Jayne of Minneapolis, Minn., and Robert Jayne of New York, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Alex Tenent-Jayne of Seattle, Wash., Collin Moore and Wesley Moore, both of Atlanta, Ga., Jack and Luke Ray, both of Raleigh, N.C.; the twins, Sam and Abby Bailey of Raleigh, and Lauren and Emily Mathae, both of Arlington, Va.

The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home.

A funeral service was Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, under the direction of the Rev. Tim Bracken.

A commital service followed in Monte Vista Memorial Park. Active pallbearers were her nephews, Alex Holland and Steven Buono.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the form of contributions to The Restoration Fund, First United Methodist Church, 900 Spring St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

Online condolences are available at

In charge of arrangements was Morris-Baker Funeral Home, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 or 423-282-1521.

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