Joan A. Bailey

WILMINGTON—Joan A. Bailey, 70, of Wilmington, formerly of Bourbonnais, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
Born Jan. 14, 1950 in Joliet, Joan Arlene was a daughter of George Austin and Arlene (Richmond) Puckett. She was raised and educated in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1968. While in high school, Joan was proud to be named the 1967 Honored Queen by Job’s Daughters. On Oct. 17, 1970, she married the love of her life, Donald Roger Bailey, in Symerton. Joan worked for CIGNA in Bourbonnais as a Medical Claims Adjuster and retired in 2018 after 20 years of service.
Joan was a past member of Bethel Baptist Church in Bourbonnais, and was well known for being an avid reader. She enjoyed books immensely and was always looking for the next one to begin. Joan also loved to do puzzles and handcrafting such as knitting and crochet.
Survivors include two children, Andrew (Theresa) Bailey, of Braidwood and Donna Jo Weigel, of Coal City; seven grandchildren: Austin Weigel, of Coal City; Brandy (Morgan) Wood, of Bradley; Andria (Jeremiah) Denoyer, of Paxton; Garret Welsh, of Elwood; Gabrielle Welsh, of San Antonio, TX; Stephanie Frederick, of Carlinville and Bradley Clark, of Bourbonnais; nine great-grandchildren: Xavier, Jude, Marley, Rain, Autumn, Lincoln, Zayden, Odin, and Harper; one sister, Mary (James) Walcher, of Wilmington; one brother-in-law, Robert (Mary Anne) Bailey, of Orland Park and several nieces and nephews including special nieces, Rachel Walcher (fiancé Bryen Zimmerman) and Jessica (Benjamin) Dietz.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother in infancy, Richard Austin, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Charles and Flossie Bailey.
A COVID observant and walk through visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. A private funeral service will follow the visitation, and burial will follow at Wesley Cemetery in rural Wilmington.
Those wishing to participate in the services virtually, are welcome to join the live-streamed services beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. A link is available on Joan’s memorial page.
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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.