Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18

Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18

Anchorage resident, Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, July 14, 2014.

A Celebration of Bailey’s Life will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street in Anchorage with a reception to follow.

Bailey was born September 30, 1995 to Vern and Karen Gillis in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born with congenital cytomegalovirus, a burden shared with too many.

“Bailey was a gift to everyone who looked into those beautiful blue eyes. When Bailey put her arms around our necks she used every tiny muscle to hold on as tight as she could. She loved swinging, swimming, skiing, flashy lights, horses, and everyone who took the time to see her for the precious little girl that she was inside of that obstacle of a body she lived in,” quoted her family.

Bailey is survived by her parents, Vern and Karen Gillis; brother, Jordan Jackson; her sister, Reagan Gillis; and she was blessed by a large extended family some that are related by blood and so many others who are embraced by Bailey’s loving spirit.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to Stop CMV in Bailey’s Memory through

Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Bailey’s obituary and online guestbook at

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