Bailey-Funk hosts 51st annual family reunion

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The 51st annual Bailey-Funk Family Reunion was held Sunday June 9, 2019 at the Monett Senior Citizen Building with 45 attending.

Gathering began at noon for socializing, followed by a basket dinner at 1p.m. Those in attendance gathered in a circle and told of their relationship to Charles and Lottie Funk Bailey while pictures were taken of each family. All joined hands as a prayer of thanksgiving was given by Tony Blades.

After dinner and more visiting, business meeting was held.

It was established that this was the 51st annual reunion, as it started on Lottie Funk Bailey’s 80th birthday at Roaring River Park in the year of 1969. We remembered those that have passed this past year and had updates on those with illnesses.

There was some discussion about changing the date, as some with children always have something going, but since the reunion has traditionally been held the Sunday before Father’s Day, it was decided to leave it alone. Discussion then focused on maybe doing something different than just a Sunday together with a meal, including the possibility of extending it to a whole weekend at a resort or hotel so family members could enjoy more time together. Chuck Bailey is checking into options and will get back to us with several.

It was decided to have a Facebook page where everyone can share family information, pictures and coming events. Several members are setting this up. As there was no more business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned and visiting continued.

Those attending were:

Betty Burk, Aurora; June and Dale Gentry, Charlotte and Larry Schoen, Jerry and Gloria Krueger, Kelsie Krueger, Debbie Marion, Lehi and Ava, Elizabeth Dennison, Zaylee Sajak and Ashlynn Steelman, all of Monett; Tony and Gail Blades and Bob and Jerri Lawrence, of Springfield; Danny and Amy Muench, of Carthage; Matt and Linsey Osborn, Carson, Caden, and Cameron, of Joplin; Kay Harvey and Cami Ostertag, Becca and Jessica, of Kansas City; Sonny Bailey, Chuck and Natasha Bailey and Davion, Jared and Melissa Harrelson, Grace, Weston and Katy, all of Clinton; Greg and Sherri Ragland, of Seligman; Russell Brown, of Crane; Jeff Lawrence, of Webb City; Bob Lawrence, of Norman, Okla.; and Troy Lawrence, of Haslet, Texas.