Diana Mae “Aunt Di” Bailey, 85, of Morrison, Illinois, died Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling, Illinois.
Services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Friday at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Sharon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Rock River Hospice & Home, 2706 Ave E., Sterling, IL 61081
Diana was born on December 12, 1935, in rural Erie, Illinois, the daughter of George and Dora (Nicely) Ballard. She graduated from Erie High School. On March 25, 1967 she married Jesse Bailey at the Erie Baptist Church in Erie, IL.
Diana was a cook at various restaurants, worked for GE in Morrison, and was a caregiver for the elderly in their homes. She was a longtime member of the Erie Baptist church, having been baptized and married there. She enjoyed camping and playing cards and games. She enjoyed her family and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
Diana is survived by her children, Dora “Dody” (Rick) Ogburn, Morrison, Veronica “Vicky” Heady, Morrison, Mark (Debbie) Gibson, Clinton, Shawn (Tina) Bailey, Erie, Michelle “Missy” Meinsma (Ed Elms), Morrison; step-children, Denise (David) Chapman, Katy, TX, Craig (Chris) Bailey, Des Moines, IA; 25 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jesse, a daughter, Teresa Cross, 10 brothers and sisters, and three grandbabies.
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