Marriner R. Bailey
Marriner R. Bailey
CHITTENDEN — Marriner Record Bailey, 91, died February 11, 2014.
Marriner was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Richmond, Indiana, son of Philip Record and Mercy Paulina Holbrook.
He grew up in the Portland, Maine, area.
He graduated from Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. He attended Gilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Marriner was a Birth Right Quaker (Society of Friends). He was a pacifist and declared Conscientious Objector to WWII. He served Alternative Service in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and finally at Byberry Hospital in Philadelphia, where he met Betty Viola Iversen. They married in 1945, celebrating 68 years of marriage.
After the war the couple started their family in Woodbury, NJ, where Marriner managed a service station. They moved to Vermont in 1959, and bought a farm in Chittenden in 1961.
Marriner was known as a “Jack-of-all-Trades.” He had Bailey’s Esso at Strongs Avenue and Main Street in Rutland; two laundro-mats in Fair Haven and Forest Street in Rutland; a floor cleaning business for large stores throughout southern Vermont; and a Pepperidge Farm bread route. He mowed roadsides for the town of Chittenden and the U.S. forestry service. He was a volunteer fireman in Chittenden. He continued to farm, raising cows, goats and fowl. He logged his land and heated with his own harvested wood, raised his own food and generally strove for self-sufficiency.
Marriner had a dry sense of humor and humble presentation. He was a good listener, had an inquisitive mind, and loved learning. He loved traveling, and visited the British Isles, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Aruba, Hawaii, Norway, and many of the western states of the U.S. He liked visiting local folks wherever he went. Marriner knew only friends.
Marriner was a much-loved husband, father of four, grandfather of ten, great-grandfather of ten, and great-great-grandfather of one.
Marriner is survived by his wife, Betty; and his four children, Reid of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Stephen of Chittenden, Vt.; Jeffrey of Freeland, Michigan; and Diana of Fairfield, Vt.
Marriner will be sorely missed by all who loved him.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
For those who wish, memorial contributions in Marriner’s memory may be made to: American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Arrangements are being handled by the Barnard Funeral Home in Pittsford.