WEST GARDINER-Barbara Louise (Bailey) Thornton, 95, of West Gardiner passed away on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Buxton surrounded by loved ones. \r\n\r\nBarbara was born in Gardiner; Me on December 22, 1924; the daughter of Earl and Agnes (Praught) Bailey. \r\n\r\nBarbara graduated from Gardiner High School in 1942.\r\nShe worked as a welder at Bath Iron Works during World War II. She also worked for many years at the Gardiner Shoe Factory, the Stevens School in Hallowell, The Accessory Shop in Gardiner and at Hall-Dale High School. She was a member of Winter Street Baptist Church in Gardiner for 50+ years.\r\n\r\nShe was predeceased by her parents; her husband James of 63 years; three sisters Dorothy, Catherine and Carolyn; five brothers Donald, Elwood, Charles, Earl and Jon; granddaughter Karyn (Mason) Truman and great granddaughter Samantha Bailey.\r\n\r\nShe is survived by three daughters Sharilyn Uhl and husband Ronald of Maryland, Jane Mooers and husband Gary of West Gardiner and Roxanne Gervais and husband Dennis of Buxton; sister, Joyce Fraser of Randolph; six grandchildren Kimberly Hewett of Readfield, James Pellegrini of West Gardiner, Staci Pellegrini of Augusta, Melissa Bailey of Buxton, Marc Gervais of South Berwick and Andrew Gervais of Standish; ten great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine for their care and compassion shown to our mother the last few weeks. \r\n\r\n\r\nVisiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 11th, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 12th, at 11:00 AM at Winter Street Baptist Church, Gardiner. A Spring burial will be held in the Litchfield Plains Cemetery.\r\n\r\n\r\nArrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com \r\n\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the Winter Street Baptist Church, 32 Winter Street, Gardiner, ME 04345.