Diane Marie Gaylord Bailey, nicknamed “D” and “Flipper”, 43, of Tamaqua, PA died on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at home. She was the daughter of Sandra Corker and her husband, Jesse of Mineral, VA and Gerald Gaylord and his wife, Cathy of Sumter, SC. Diane, a former resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey had been an employee at the Tamaqua Diner. Some of her favorite things included her puppy dogs, the color purple and coloring books, roller coasters, Kali’s froggy song, and “Days of Our Lives”. “D” enjoyed going to Cap’n Cats seafood restaurant in New Jersey. She loved people, especially her daughters, and just wanted to be loved herself. A survivor of her 17 year addiction, Diane is now “Flying high with her infant son, Gerald Blane Strothman”. She had beaten a 17 year addiction before now joining her family in heaven. Surviving her in addition to her parents and their spouses are her grandmother, Helen Horton of Mineral, VA; daughters, Kali Hile of Tamaqua and her fiancé Eric Carwile, Brianna Strothman of Mineral, VA, and Ashton Galloway and her husband and children of Sumter, South Carolina; half-brother, Josh Berko; aunt, Alice Horton of Tamaqua and her children and their spouses and children; and uncle, Brian Horton and his wife and children of Greenville, SC. Beside her infant son Gerald, she is predeceased by her grandfather, Robert James Horton and biological mother, Loretta Valettie. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. Contributions can be made to the funeral home or to https://fundthefuneral.com/diane-marie-gaylord-bailey Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.
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