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Norma "Rolene" Kerley Bailey - 85

2/9/1930 - 10/26/2015


Norma “Rolene” Kerley Bailey passed away on October 26, 2015, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.  Rolene was born on February 9, 1930, to Rollie and Ada (Mayfield) Kerley in Kellerville, Illinois.  Rolene had three sisters: Mildred Wheelock, Marjorie Niggermeyer Tucker, Helen Mayfield and a brother Otis “Bud” Kerley and a beloved sister-in-law, Marjorie Kerley Thompson, all of whom preceded her in death.
Rolene married Robert Chester (Chet) Bailey, September 18, 1949, in Rushville, Illinois.  He passed away January 10, 2006.  Her children are Cheryl Lynn (Rick Kemble) Bartlett of Colchester and Robert Kevin (Sheri) Bailey of Costa Rica.  Rolene had four granddaughters; Anita Bartlett, Jill (Ben) Beck, and Julie Bartlett, all of Macomb and Laura (Ron) Valdez of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Rolene also has 5 great-Grandchildren: Daniel Bartlett, Emmett Beck and Emery Bartlett-Holsapple all of Macomb and Savannah Valdez and Nadia Valdez of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She also leave many nieces and nephews.
Her true love and passion was her horses and dogs.  She raised, trained, and sold 400 plus horses and had raised over 700 dogs in her life as she raised Appaloosa horses and Chihuahua dogs, as well as helping Chet with the farming.  She loved to cook and before planting or harvest season would make as many as 26 pies to freeze so that the family could have fresh pie each day.
Rolene was a strong willed woman, who wasn’t afraid to try anything from riding her motorcycle from Kellerville to Quincy to work, to training her favorite horse to kneel so she would mount easier.  She and Chet lived a good life together and were very proud of their children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 30, 2015, at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester with Rev. Jerry Taylor.  Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.   Committal services will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday at the Clayton South Cemetery in Clayton, Illinois.  Friends may view and sign the register book at the funeral home after 9:00 A.M. Thursday.  Memorial is to McDonough District Hospital Hospice.  Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home


11:00 A.M. Friday at the Funeral Home 1:30 P.M. Committal at Clayton South Cemetery, Clayton, Illinois


  • Jim and Beverly Manley

    on 10/27/15

    3095 E Cty Rd 1000
  • Curt and Janet Rigg

    on 10/29/15

    Lynn, So sorry to hear of your loss, although I know the past months have been a struggle. We are never ready to part. Prayers for your family. Curt and Janet
  • Donna, Chris, and Abbie Hopping

    on 11/03/15

    Sorry for your loss
  • Mary Ann Kerley

    on 11/14/15

    309 East Main Street She was a most wonderful, beloved woman! She will be greatly missed!

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