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Josephine Adamo Baylis

January 26, 1930 ~ March 25, 2021 (age 91)


Josephine Adamo Baylis, 91, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, at her daughter’s home in Nassawadox, VA. Born January 26, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late Gasper Adamo and Frances Adragna Adamo.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, nurse, volunteer, and devout Catholic, Jo’s life revolved around caring for others and she excelled in doing so. She began her career in nursing at the former Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital (Shore Memorial Hospital) in Nassawadox, where she also served as a volunteer during her retirement. Later, she worked at Heritage Hall, was the school nurse at South Accomack Elementary, and clinic nurse at Perdue Farms, where she would retire after decades of helping those in need. Nothing brought Jo more happiness than having a house full of kids, always welcoming her children’s and grandchildren’s friends and spoiling them with all the baked goods they could eat. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and graciously shared the fruits of her labor over the years.

Jo is survived by her children, Thomas Michael Baylis of Cape Charles, VA, Gary Arthur Baylis of Parksley, VA, Patricia Baylis Gorman and husband, John, of Nassawadox, and Kevin Wayne Baylis and his wife, Debbie, of Onley, VA; grandchildren, Jeremey Kyle Gorman and his wife, Lib, Jillian Gorman Olson and her husband, Jake, Zachary William Baylis, Garrett Morgan Baylis, and Amanda Jo Baylis; great-grandchildren, Jude Edward Gorman and Ferris Redding Gorman; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Frances Adamo Thuilot and her husband, Charles; brother, Vincent James Adamo and his wife, Chloris; granddaughter, Megan Leann Baylis; and daughter-in-law, Cindy Baylis.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Onley, VA on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., with Father Michael Imperial officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Josephine’s memory may be made to Intrepid Hospice, 165 Market Street, Suite 2, Onancock, VA 23417.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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Memorial Mass
March 30, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
25236 Coastal Boulevard
Onley, VA 23418


Fairview Lawn Cemetery
Hill Street
Onancock, VA 23417


Intrepid Hospice
165 Market Street, Suite A, Onancock VA 23417

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