Flossie Ella Bailey Dolan passed away Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Tidewell Hospice after a short illness. She was born December 15, 1925 on Snead’s Island to Henry Doyle and Susie (Lee) Bailey and was a descendent of the Miguel Guerrero pioneer family of Terra Ceia. A 1943 graduate of Bradenton High School, she attended Gordon Keller School of Nursing , Tampa, on a US Army Cadet nurse scholarship and completed training in 1948. She married Robert A. Dolan, Jr. and had 3 children. She was active in the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations.
She worked 55 years as a Registered nurse, including work in Florida, Virginia and Louisiana, with supervisory positions in pediatrics, emergency room, and orthopedics. Between 1980 and 1992 she was in charge of the residential clinic at McDonalds Training Center in Tampa.
Flossie was ordained as a deacon at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL in 1999. She volunteered at Methodist Medical Center in the AIDS Hospice unit. After retirement in 2003 she returned to Bradenton and volunteered at the Sea Breeze Elementary School library for 10 years. She was a member of the Manatee County Historical Society and volunteered at Manatee Village Historic Park. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bradenton from 2003 to the present, serving as social and outreach chairman for the Joy Sunday school class.
Flossie, (Aunt Buddy to her family) lived a life of service. She reflected the joy of living and encouraged all she met to engage happily and eagerly in the endeavor. She loved fishing, travel and good times with family. She is predeceased by her husband, Bobby, and son Dr. James B Dolan, as well as siblings Mary Frances Walden, Henry Floyd Bailey and Perry Bailey. Survived by daughters Dr. Patti Dolan (Dr. Barry Schneider), Linda Turner, daughter-in-law Cheryl Dolan, sister Marian Bailey Anderson, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is in the old sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Bradenton on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 12:00 noon. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donation may be directed to Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida.