MARION — Coralee Gulledge, 79, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Herrin Hospital.
She was born Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1940, in Marion, the daughter of Oral Thomas and Violett Evelyn (Smith) Odum.
Coralee was a graduate of Marion High School Class of 1958. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University. She was a twirler at SIU and danced professionally.
She was a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Logan Elementary for 12 years. After teaching, she provided in home childcare until her retirement.
Coralee was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
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In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, dancing, watching game shows, and taking care of animals. She had dogs and cats all her life. She had a great sense of humor and was passionate about her beliefs. She loved being with her family and kept busy following their many activities.
She is survived by four daughters, Lori Fox and fiancé, Keith Barnes, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Lynn Baber and husband, Greg, of Monmouth, Lisa Potts and husband, Brent, of St. Peters, Missouri, and Teresa Dawkins and fiancé, Kenneth Fann, of Marion; 10 grandchildren, Branden Fox, Andrew Fox, Ashley Baber, Jarret Baber (Brittany), Jacob Baber, Natalie Baber, Nathan Potts, Will Potts, Casey Maurice and Austin Dawkins (Shanna); nine great-grandchildren, Jace, Jett and Everly Baber, Shane Clerk, Chase Dawkins, Max Carter and Ryleigh, Kolton and Karson Swank; fiancé, Tommy Miller, of Marion.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Ryan and two brothers, Kenneth and Gary Odum.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Services will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Ken Sharp officiating. Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery of Marion.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, an organization she supported for many years, and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court Street, Marion, IL 62959.
To leave an online condolence of memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.