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Joan Louise Bailey

July 14, 1937 - May 10, 2018
From: Spirit Lake, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Joan Louise Bailey

Joan Louise Bailey

Born: July 14, 1937
Died: May 10, 2018
Age: 80

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    Joan Louise Bailey, the daughter of Walter and Margaret (Daniels) Simonsen, was born July 14, 1937 in Spencer, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Sioux Rapids, where she received her education, graduating from Sioux Rapids High School.

     Joan married David Carroll Bailey on July 15, 1956, in Sioux Rapids.  Following their marriage, they lived on the West Coast until moving back to Sioux Rapids.  Joan was the Corporate Secretary/Treasurer at Simonson Iron Works, Inc., where she worked side by side with her husband, David for 39 years until her retirement in 2005.  They moved to Spencer in 2000.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer, where she was active with the Grace Methodist Women.  She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

     She passed away at the Accura Health Care Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the age of 80.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David on May 21, 2008 and a brother, Jay Simonsen.

     Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Alan (Lisa) Bailey of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Bret Bailey (Laura Catania) of Chanhassen, MN; one brother, Troy (Cecilia) Simonsen; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.


Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Derek Bailey
Dustin Bailey
Jeremy Adams
Brian Anliker
Steve Schmitz
Les Drummond
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Monday, May 14, 2018 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Monday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

"How Great Thou Art"
"Borning Cry"
By Bill Lauritzen

ORGANIST: Marianne Fuchsen

Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church immediately following the graveside services.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:53 AM
“We have wonderful memories of this lovely lady. She was always so kind and we looked forward to seeing her in church. A life to celebrate indeed!”
- Roger and Kris Skelton
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7:52 AM
“Lisa and family ~ My memories of Joan are from the Sioux Rapids days. A beautiful lady, and always with that warm, gentle smile. Please accept my deep sympathy as you mourn your mother's passing, but but also celebrate her life. I will hold you all in my prayers.”
- Marcia Steffen
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM
“Such a beautiful woman who touched so many lives... I always considered her one of the "important" people of Sioux Rapids... she would've told me that she was just a normal citizen. Her legacy lives on (as does Dave's & Walter's) in this town for the "oldies" like me. Joan impacted my life for over three decades and I will miss her smile and contagious laughter. We should all aspire to be a little more like her. ❤️”
- Rita (DeBoom) Schau
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM
“Al, We are very sorry to hear about your Mother Joan's passing. We send our condolences and will keep you, Lisa and your family in our thoughts and prayers.”
- John and Frankie Barrow
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM
“Al, Lisa and family - So sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in his arms and guide you through this time. Prayers and Hugs! Mike and Becky Hatting”
- Becky and Mike Hatting
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM
“I loved every opportunity I had to visit my Aunt Joan. My father, Jay, was always very grateful for her warm welcomes home and the great care she provided to Walter and Violet and Great Aunt Dorothy. She was the heart of our Iowa family, and I like to think her passing reconnects her with all those loved ones who went before her, especially Dave, Walter, Dad, and after so many years her beloved mother, Margaret. God Bless you Aunt Joan. Love to the Baileys and Simonsens.”
- Jo Ellen Simonsen
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“I express my deepest sympathy to the Bailey family. My twin sister, Miriam, and I graduated from high school with Joan in 1955. Joan was a very caring person . We visited her at her apartment in Spirit Lake about 5 years ago. We knocked and she said" come in". When we did she said "Oh my goodness your'e the Hanson twins. That is the last time we saw her and we had a good visit at that time. ”
- Marcia Jensen
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:08 AM
So Very Very Sorry 😐.
Prayers Prayers To All The Family.
Love 💕 And Hugs 🤗 To All The Family.
Patty & Tom Niedermyer & All Our Family. ”
- Patty Niedermyer
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM
“Alan and Brett, you have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. Hold your memories close and know that others share in your loss.”
- Susan and Alan Mills
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:42 PM
“Dear Bailey Family-I loved Joan. We enjoyed each other's company when I went to play the piano for the sing-alongs at the care center. She was a true joy. I sang our favorite hymns to her when I went to visit this past Sunday. She told me over and over, "I love you." I told her that I loved her as well. She will always have a special place in my heart. Please know that my prayers are joined with yours as Joan sees our Lord. The promise of salvation is our hope.”
- Laura Hanna
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