Elza Ozols Bailey of Manchester, CT passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, October 29th after a long illness.
She was born in Aluksne, Latvia on September 19, 1936, and she and her family immigrated to the US in 1949. She was
a graduate of Manchester High School and earned a B.A. from Upsala College in New Jersey.
Most of her professional work was in retail, including 22 years at Lord & Taylor where she was consistently a
member of the President’s Club. She was one of the founders of The Newcomer’s Club in Cornwall, New York. Much
of her volunteer work was devoted service to her church in every community in which she lived. She was actively
engaged with the Latvian community in Manchester.
Elza is survived by her son Robert C. Bailey, daughter-in-law Erin (Murphy), and grandson Rodeo, all of New
York City, sisters Austra Ozols Gaige of Bloomfield, CT and Zenta Ozols (and Richard)Barger of Bolton, CT and Palm City,
FL, nieces Karina Gaige, Amity Gaige, nephew Scott Barger and their families.
The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional support they received from White Oaks Retirement
Community, VITAS Hospice, Caring by Kathy, and A&B Homecare Solutions.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elza’s memory may be sent to the Ozols Family Fund at the American Latvian Association,
400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850-3121. The Fund supports education for disadvantaged children in Latvia.
A memorial service will be held at Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5th at 3:00 PM
and a second memorial will be scheduled for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cornwall, New York at a later date.