Karen E. Bailey, 71, of Monticello, passed away at 6:50 p.m., January 30, 2014 at the Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur.

Karen was born on August 6, 1942 in Monticello the daughter of Paul and Elaine (Furry) Bickel. She married Herschel R. Bailey on August 13, 1960 in Monticello.

Survivors include her husband; Herschel Bailey of Monticello, sons; Scott (Christina) Bailey of Monticello and Dan (Dawn) Bailey of Greenwood, IN, grandchildren; Michael (Tara), Patrick, Nicholas, Andrew, Zach, Samantha, and Ethan, great grandchildren; JD, Jax, and Leena, brother; Gary (Gail) Bickel of Monticello, and a sister; Shelley (Joe) Hayes of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Karen retired as a receptionist for Dr. William Mundt. Karen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, the Red Hat Club and the Kirby Medical Center Auxiliary. Karen enjoyed living for her grandchildren and great grandchildren and watching them play sports.

A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Rev. Katie Hopper officiating. Interment will be in the Monticello Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Health Transplant Program 600 Highland Ave H4/810 Madison, WI 53792-8350 or Piattran.

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