Coleen M. Bailey, age 85, of Watertown, SD, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020, at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown due to complications from COVID infection.
Coleen was born in Hendricks, MN, on May 21, 1935. She grew up on her folk’s farm in the Clear Lake, SD, area and she attended high school in Estelline, SD. She married C. Howard Wiesner in 1954 and had 3 children. She later divorced and married Eldon Bailey on June 1, 1963, and they made their home in Watertown.
Coleen was a nurse at the Watertown Brown Clinic for many years. Later she worked at the Clear Lake Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was a member of Cornerstone Church in Watertown. She enjoyed flowers of all types but especially roses. Early in life she enjoyed camping and outdoor activities with her family. She had a beautiful spirit and generous nature and she especially loved visiting friends over a cup of coffee.
Coleen is survived by her 3 children: David Wiesner of Brookings, SD, Diane (Wes) Schick of Littleton, CO, and Dallas (Priscilla) Wiesner of Pleasant Prairie, WI; her brother, Orlan (Di) Hendrickson of Mesa, AZ; and 4 half siblings Gary, Mark, Brian and Marla. She was preceded in death by husband, Eldon Bailey, and parents, Art and Harriet Zischke and Orvin Hendrickson.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date after COVID risk has subsided. Burial will be private at Highland Lutheran Cemetery in Brandt, SD with immediate family only.
The family would like to send a special thank you to all the doctors and nurses that provided such excellent care to Coleen while she was hospitalized.
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