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Anna Jean Karriker (Bailey)

March 22, 1932 — March 2, 2021

Anna Jean Bailey Karriker (Jean) after a long battle with Parkinson’s and dementia went home to be with
her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 9:30AM. Jean was a loving wife to Donald R. Karriker
(deceased 2018), mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Visitation: 6-8pm Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Skyvue Funeral Home.
Service: 2pm, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Jean was born in the mountains of North Carolina (Burnsville) on March 22, 1932. Her parents were
Cecil and Annie Trivett Bailey. For the first 6 years Jean lived so far up in the sticks that a car could not
get to her house. Her mother, Annie, told Cecil that she was taking Jean and going to town and he could
come with them if he wanted to. He did. They moved to Kannapolis, NC. There she met the love of her
life, Don, and they were married on July 15, 1950. In 1952 Jean became a military wife, Don joined the
U.S. Air Force. The girl born in the mountains became a world traveler living in such places as Boston,
Florida, Philippines, Japan, and North Dakota (to name a few). Being in the military meant the family
moved every 2-3 years.

Jean was a Godly woman who gave her life to Christ in 1960. In 1962 while stationed at Johnson A.F.S.,
Japan, mom insisted that the family go to church. We attended the Church of the Open Door, pastored
by Ron Blough, a graduate of Bob Jones University and missionary to military families. Shortly after Don
received Christ as his Savior. Since her children and grandchildren have all been saved. What a legacy of
a Godly woman. When I think of my mom (Jean) I think of Proverbs 31 that talks about The Virtuous
Woman. I gravitate to verse 28, “ Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he
praises her.” Don and Jean were faithful members of Pleasantview Baptist Church of Arlington, pastored by Jimmy McNeil. They loved Pleasantview, the preaching, the fellowship, and the opportunity to serve.

Anna is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Karriker; parents, Cecil and Anne Bailey; in-laws, John and Elizabeth Karriker; son-in-law, Patrick McGrath; brother-in-law, Lee Hoke; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hoke.
Jean is survived by her 3 children, Ken Karriker (wife Kathy), Deborah McGrath Kinney (husband Kirby),
and Donna Tomasi (husband Greg). Donna and Greg provided loving care for Jean in their home for the
last 3 years. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, Ryan Tomasi, Justin Tomasi (wife Sarah), Jason Karriker,
Andrea Tomasi Gudbaur (husband Kevin), Colby Tomasi, and Brittany McGrath McGregor (husband
Matt). She is also survived by 6 great grandchildren, Jada Tomasi, Kylie Gudbaur, Noah Gudbaur, Ella
Tomasi, Grayson Gudbaur, and Jude Tomasi.

Words cannot express the love and gratitude of Jean’s family to her. She was a wonderful, loving,
caring, giving person. Today she is happy and whole and rejoicing with her Savior, Jesus Christ. As she
passed from this life into Heaven, greeted by the Lord I’m sure she heard Him welcome her saying, “Well
done good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord.”
Our family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Freedom Hospice, who have professionally and
compassionately helped us through this difficult time.
To send flowers to the family in memory of Anna Jean Karriker (Bailey), please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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