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Kathleen Blair Bailey

Kathleen Blair Bailey, of Oakford, passed away on June 12 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born October 23, 1946 in Springfield to Elmer “Chalk” and Dorothy Mae (Blair) Lynn. Kathleen grew up in Chandlerville and graduated from Chandlerville High School in 1964. She continued her education after high school becoming an LPN, many will remember her from her numerous years at the Menard Medical Center. She married William (Bill) Bailey of Oakford in a private ceremony at her parents’ home on December 14, 1970. In December 2020, they celebrated their 50th anniversary. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2021. Kathleen had many loves, but the top of her list was her granddaughters, when she was able, she could be found in the bleachers cheering them on at volleyball and basketball games and on the golf course watching golf meets and the pool sideline for swim meets. She enjoyed many outings with them, and they have many fond memories of shopping trips and meals out with her. She had a knack for purchasing the most unique gifts for them and these have become some of their favorite treasures from her. She enjoyed playing poker with friends, fishing and traveling to Las Vegas. Kathleen especially loved trips with her sister to visit her cousin, Gayle Capper. Kathleen is survived by her son Bart (Becky) of Petersburg; two granddaughters, Brice and Bren Bailey, both of Petersburg; her step-mother Ione Lynn, her sister-in-law Mary Ann Duncheon (Jerry Behrens) of Oakford, her nieces Julie (Roy) Cook and Phoebe Crowe; and her nephews Matthew (Becky) Duncheon and Phil Thomas. Per Katheen’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and there will be no formal services. Memorials may be made to the Porta High School Girls Golf Team, Attn: Andy Bierman, 17651 Owens Avenue, Petersburg, Illinois 62675.

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