Joyce Marie Bailey went home to be with her Lord and family on Saturday, December 29, 2012. She was born in Perkins, Michigan, on August 13, 1924 to Alfred and Mabel Krouth. All of her life she very much loved her Lord and all of her family. She married Kenneth B. Bailey and they raised their children Kenneth (Bud) and Bonnie in Eckerman, Michigan. In later years Ken and Joyce moved to Union Grove, WI, where they worked at “the colony”, a state facility, where they cared for children for many years. Joyce enjoyed country music, dancing and bowling. She also enjoyed spending time at the Cedar Springs Senior Center with her many friends. She loved a good joke and our funny family stories and laughing. When the great grandchildren were born she was referred to as “GG” (for Great Grandma) by the children and many others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth B. Bailey, her daughter Bonnie (Bailey) Morten, her granddaughter, Julie Morten and her grandson, Kenny Bailey. Her sisters, Leona Rochon, Monica Droppart and Mary Lorenson and her brothers, Robert Krouth and Don Krouth; her niece Linda (Bailey) Tulwetzky and her nephew, David Bailey; her brothers and sisters-in-law Neil Bailey, Jim and Mable Bailey, Alvin and Shirley Bailey, Lloyd Bailey, and Millicent (Bailey) Beauchamp; grandson-in-law, Jim Kirkwood. She will be dearly missed by her son, Ken “Bud” Bailey and his wife, Amber (Williams) Bailey. Her son-in-law, Don Morten, and granddaughter Joyce Morten; granddaughter Sheila (Bailey) Wittenbach and her husband, Joe and great grandchildren Evan and Joshua; granddaughter Annie (Bailey) Kirkwood-Hall and her husband Trever Hall and great grandchildren, Cade Hall, Alex Kirkwood and Tressa Hall; her sister, Elizabeth (Krouth) Bailey; her brothers and their wives, Richard and Mary Krouth, Alfred and Ruth Krouth; and her brother-in-law, Myron Lorenson; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Bishop Hills for their kindness and care for our “GG”, especially Julie Shupe and Maureen Nelson, her friend and Eucharistic minister from Our Lady of Consolation. We would also like to thank the nurses of Butterworth Hospital who cared for her and for us in her last days, especially Adrienne, Chelsea, Jared and Jocelyn, and to the ministerial staff of the hospital. Your compassion, skill and understanding are greatly appreciated. A memorial service for the family will be held in the spring. Donations in her honor may be made to Bishop Hills, 4951 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341, to be used for the fund to provide assisted living housing to those in need.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.