Karen Michele Bailey passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, on December 20, 2020 after a short illness.
Karen was born December 1, 1958 to Betty Harrison, in Sayre, Pennsylvania. She was the second of 5 children.
During a trip to see a friend, she met Mark Bailey in May of 1983. Just two months after meeting they were married on July 29th, in a courthouse wedding and then went to McDonald’s for lunch. They upheld that tradition on their anniversary every year. Together they have 2 sons, Derek and Bobby, both of Amarillo.
After moving multiple times, with Mark being in the military, they settled in Amarillo permanently in August of 1995. Karen had always enjoyed all things crafting. Making blankets and quilts for the whole family and also painting figurines.
On what started as a disastrous camping trip in the autumn of 1997, the family stumbled upon Cooper’s El Vado Ranch in New Mexico. Staying in cabin one right on the river quickly became one of her favorite places. She proudly caught the biggest brown trout of the entire family, the record she still holds today. Karen and Mark went back every year, most recently just this past October.
She loved spending time with all her family. Derek married Keisha and have 2 children, Nathan and Aubrey. Bobby married Christine and have one child, Hannah. Karen has a large extended family spread throughout the Northeast.
Taking a quote from a tv show “The pain doesn’t go away. You just make room for it.” Karen will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
Karen is preceded in death by her older sister Lori. She is survived by her husband Mark, mother Betty, both sons and their families, and her younger siblings Terry, Carol, and Scott.
There will be a viewing at Boxwell Brother’s Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd. for the family today, December 22, 2020, from 1 pm to 8 pm, and tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 from 1 pm to 8 pm, for extended family and friends.