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Kay Bair

August 25, 1934 - January 1, 2010
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Kay Bair, 75, of Bartonville died at 7:17 p.m. on Friday, January 1 at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She was born August 25, 1934 in Peoria to Edward A. and Ouida Argo Rutledge. For several years, she was a hairdresser, a crew chief in vocational services, and a home health care aide. She married Leroy Chance in 1950 in Peoria and Bruce D. Bair in 1992 in Fulton County. Surviving are her husband of 17 wonderful years, Bruce Bair; one daughter, Nancee (Doug Rabe) Whitehurst of Bartonville; two sons, David (Lisa Myers) Chance of Hiram, Georgia and Ron (Beth) Chance of Madison, Wisconsin; six grandchildren (Heather, Jerod, Lindsey,...
Kay Bair, 75, of Bartonville died at 7:17 p.m. on Friday, January 1 at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She was born August 25, 1934 in Peoria to Edward A. and Ouida Argo Rutledge. For several years, she was a hairdresser, a crew chief in vocational services, and a home health care aide. She married Leroy Chance in 1950 in Peoria and Bruce D. Bair in 1992 in Fulton County.
Surviving are her husband of 17 wonderful years, Bruce Bair; one daughter, Nancee (Doug Rabe) Whitehurst of Bartonville; two sons, David (Lisa Myers) Chance of Hiram, Georgia and Ron (Beth) Chance of Madison, Wisconsin; six grandchildren (Heather, Jerod, Lindsey, Esther, Sam, Jordan); one great grandchild (Ava); three brothers, Robert Rutledge of Peoria, Dwight (Anne) Rutledge of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Rolly Rutledge of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two sisters, Blanche (Jim) Patrick of Dickensin, Texas, and Betty Sax of Peoria; several nieces and nephews; and her loving yorkies, Alfie and Harley. Preceding her in death were her parents, first husband LeRoy Chance, sister Pat Chance, sister-in-law Norma Rutledge, and infant daughter (Barbara).
Throughout her life Kay radiated beauty and kindness. Strong, composed, and compassionate aptly describe her. She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, aunt, (great) grandmother, friend and neighbor, often putting others before herself. Overcoming early hardship, she served as a mentor, advocate and protector of family members and those in need or less fortunate. She was a haven for many people throughout her life. She enjoyed providing food to others. She could also be a formidable opponent. Angels and photos of her family adorn her home. She loved animals and the woods. She enjoyed watching the birds and black squirrels on her deck throughout the day.
Her family is thankful for the compassionate and excellent care provided to her by the staff and doctors of Methodist Hospital, particularly the intensive care units and chaplain pastoral care. The family would also like to recognize the wonderful support services and friendship of home visiting nurse Mary Driscoll.
A Celebration of Kay's Life will be Saturday, January 9, at 1 p.m. at Davidson-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, 1203 W. Garfield Avenue. Kay's family will be receiving friends from 11:00A.M until time of services at the funeral home. Organ donation and cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry, Peoria, IL 61603
Online tributes and condolences may be submitted to Kay's family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com

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