Karla Dean Chancellor was born in Perris, CA on October 26, 1950 to Mirl and Patsy Chancellor. She was the 4th of 11 children, 5 boys and 6 girls. She died on August 23, 2018 after a quiet battle with cancer. During the last month of her life, she enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends.
Karla lived in various places throughout California and Oregon, until finally settling in Turlock, CA in 1991. In 1970 she became a licensed cosmetologist; it was her greatest passion in life. During these years, she met many people who would become her closest friends. As the owner of The Salon and later PUSH Salon, she impacted many people new to the profession, including her daughter Kiara.
Karla married Alan Bailey in 1970. During their 20+ years of marriage, they had 5 children. Karla met her first love, Gary Larsson, when she was 14 years old. They later reconnected and rekindled their love. Although their relationship was not constant, she always described him as her best friend and part of the family. They listened to the music they grew up with and held hands during the last few weeks of her life.
Karla was preceded in death by both her parents, and her son Ryan Bailey. She is survived by her children (their spouses) and grandchildren: Mara Lawson (John) and their children, Bailey, Breana, and Blake; Olivia Tavares (Tony) and their children, Christopher, Chancellor, Spencer, Julianne, and Gabriella; Ryan’s children, Tyler and Katlynn; Kiara Bailey (Dean Anselmo) and their children, Archer and Jaden; Colby Bailey (Nicole Griffin) and their children, Connor and a baby girl due in February. She is also survived by all 10 of her siblings, 29 nieces and nephews, 55 great-nieces and nephews, and 2 great-great nephews. She also leaves behind many close friends who reached out and supporter her and her children during the last few months of her life. We can never adequately express our gratitude to all of you.
Karla knew she was too fabulous for a funeral, so she requested a celebration of life instead. We will be hosting a garden tea party in her yard, a yard she loved very much, on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Please join us any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (open house style).