JoAnn Nielson Bailey

1950- 2021

JoAnn Bailey, age 71, died peacefully in her sleep at Golden Skyline Assisted Living in Ephraim, UT on October 3rd, 2021.
JoAnn, “Jo,” was born and raised in Ephraim, Utah. She graduated from Manti High School and soon after enlisted in the Army, serving in the Vietnam War.
Anyone who knew Jo, knew horses were the love of her life! She was rarely seen without a horse in tow, serving as Miss Sanpete County Sweetheart, breaking and training hundreds of horses, raising racehorses, and Showmanship on all levels. She enjoyed sharing that love and knowledge with her family and friends and 4H youth all around Sanpete County.
Jo is survived by her two daughters Gina Barnes (and Jeffery Barnes) and Jen Stime (and Phil Stime); siblings Kathy Hemingway, Patsy Titcomb, Jeff Nielson, and Charliene Nielson; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.
Jo was preceded in death by her late husband Dick Bailey; her parents Ray Nielson and Mattie Olson; and siblings Ralph Nielson and Cheryl Thatcher.
Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service in Ephraim Park Cemetery on Friday October 8th, 2021 at 1pm with a celebration of life gathering to follow. Online condolences at

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8 Responses to “JoAnn Nielson Bailey”

  1. Theressa Alder says:

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to JoAnn’s family. I was so sorry to read of her passing.

  2. Sally D. Peterson says:

    I am so sorry for the loss if your sister. It has been years since I last saw her and it was a nice tribute to her for her accomplishmentsas a horse woman. May she rest in peace.

  3. Family and friends we are deeply sorry for your loss. May God be with you all at this time

  4. Kathryn Winn Keisel says:

    My deepest condolence to JoAnn’s family . My love and memories are extended. I will miss her so.

  5. Katie Young says:

    So sorry for your loss I will miss her.

  6. Debra Lynn Boggs says:

    Dearest JoAnn’s siblings, family, relatives and friends: I am deeply sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute makes me heartache 💔, My condolence to you all. I will miss JoAnn very much. Love you all from Debbie (your sister Pat’s next door) ❤

  7. Sam DeLeeuw says:

    So many memories here. Some memories better than others! Horses, kids, 4–H, horse shows, parades are just a very few. Love to Gina and Jen and family members!

  8. Judy Spencer says:

    Dear Charlie,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time and always.
    Sending love and prayers.