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Karen Bailey

July 22, 1942 — July 24, 2022


Karen Bailey


Karen Bailey was born in 1942 in Marlinton West Virginia. She grew up on a farm near Meadville PA..

After graduating from Townsville High School, she and her best friend Nancy Matthews (Merrit) moved to Washington DC to work for the Federal Aviation Agency.

Later in the mid-seventies she and her family relocated to Nelson County. Karen worked for Peoples Bank of Nelson as the secretary to the bank president. She loved her position there. She loved seeing all of the customers from the community and helping newcomers to Nelson open their bank accounts. She always made time to listen to folks stories of hardship and joy. She accepted people for who they are and loved helping in any way she could.

She passed away while visiting her daughter, Andria Lovejoy, in Burlington Vermont. Her son, Shane Bailey of Lovingston, passed 4 months after she died.  

She leaves behind her brother, Robert Smith of Washington DC, her step-children, Ian Treadway of Waynesboro and Sarah Treadway Shanessy of Charlottesville, her granddaughters, Amy Bailey and Emily Bailey both of the Newport News Virginia area, her niece, Fran Bailey Burke (Tim) and 5 grandchildren.  

She also leaves behind her long-time friend and caregiver Steve Kidd of Lovingston. Karen Bailey will be missed by so many friends and loved ones.  She shared her kindness, tolerance, and positive outlook with so many who were lucky to have been touched by her.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston VA with Pastor John Campbell officiating.

Her final resting place will be alongside her parents Albert Norman and Beatrice Phillips Smith at Roselawn Gardens in Meadville PA.

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, VA (434-263-4097).

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Memorial Service

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel

828 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949

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