Karen Bailey

Karen Jean Bailey (Cox)

Wednesday, February 2nd, 1944 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Karen Jean Bailey (nee Cox), born 2 February 1944, Daughter of late parents Don and Jean Cox. Wife of Jim, Mother to Kira (Darryl) and Robert (Laura), Sister to Carley Cameron (Bill) and Christie Tomchak (Alec), passed away in the Groves Memorial Community Hospital after a short battle with illness on 20 April 2020.

She will be remembered as someone who loved all things family, eagerly looking forward to every opportunity for the family to be together at holidays, the cottage, or special events. Nothing made her happier than reuniting the family at the house or attending family events. Her friends will remember her as someone they enjoyed endless hours with talking and laughing about everything in their lives.

Built on fond memories of her youth spending summers at the lake, and finally realising her dream of owning her own cottage there, Karen loved spending time at the family cottage on Gold Lake, kayaking, swimming, painting and celebrating sunsets with friends and family. She was truly the happiest when she was surrounded by those she loved looking out over the lake, enjoying the moment.

A talented artist, Karen was a lover of music, a musician, and an avid toll painter, her legacy will live on in the countless gifts she made for everyone in her life. Only one aspect of her boundless generosity that marked her life. Karen will be uniquely remembered as a passionate fan of College Basketball and a dedicated Duke Blue Devil fan, following their team year after year, and debating the merits of the team with anyone she could talk to.

A celebration of her life will be held in the coming months when family and friends can be together, details will be provided once known.

Donations in her name can be made to the Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

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    Belsyde Cemetery
    Thistle St. (off of Union St.)
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    A private family burial will occur in the future in the Cox family plot.




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Marian Luxton

Posted at 02:52pm
Dear Jim, Kira, Rob, Carley, Christie and families, I am sending my sincere sympathy to you all, with the death of Karen. I have so many fond memories - growing up together in Fergus, walking to school together, working at Lake Couchiching, and the Banff Springs Hotel, attending the University of Western Ontario at the same time. We kept in touch over the years, and I always hoped I would visit her on Gold Lake, or she would meet up with me here on Protection Island. May her love for you all, sustain you at this difficult time. Love, and blessings. Marian Luxton Protection Island B.C.

Susan Code McDougall

Posted at 12:34pm
Jim, Kira, and Rob: We were all so young at BAC Communications, and Karen was the steady presence in so many ways. Plain-talking, full of fun, the office mum. Rest well, Karen.


Posted at 08:14pm
Every Christmas I so enjoy pulling out all of Aunt Karen's hand made ornaments that we've received over the years. They are cherished and will continue to be. My kids are both lucky to have received hand painted treasure boxes from Aunt Karen that are still used for storing precious finds. And, while she is more recently known for her toll painting, I always remember Aunt Karen as being a skilled sewer (and, as a kid, a little bit envious that Kira got to wear those fancy skating outfits). I have so many great memories of turkey dinners together during the holidays. And, I can't help but think of your family when I set out the pickles or enjoy a bloody caesar. Aunt Karen was warm, kind, and always welcoming. She had a great sense of humour and an easy smile. She will be missed. I've attached a photo of Aunt Karen and Liam--her great nephew.

Elizabeth Flagler

Posted at 11:51am
Dear Kira & Family: Karen was a close friend and worked with me at Abacus Bookkeeping after leaving Howard Allans back in 1987. We had lost touch over the years as she and I had moved on. We moved to Elora about five years ago and had heard from another mutual friend, Dale Playfair, that Karen had moved back to Fergus. Somehow we never got in touch, to my regret, and it is with great sorrow that I have heard of her passing. It is also to my regret that with the current situation in the world, I will be unable to attend visitation and pay my respects and I wish you to know that I wish it weren't so. My condolences to you and the family at this sad time.


Dan & Marj Allen

Posted at 11:23am
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