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Wanda Bayles

Feb 25th, 1924 - Dec 8th, 2023

Funeral:  12 noon on Friday, December 15, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation:  10 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday at the funeral home

Interment:  Powers Cemetery, Xenia


     Wanda Evelyn Bayles, age 99, a longtime Xenia resident, passed away early Friday morning, December 8, 2023, at Flora Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. 

     She was born February 25, 1924, in Iuka, Illinois to Herbert and Verta (Cheeley) Clark.  On November 7, 1943, she married Freddie L. Bayles of Xenia, and together they shared 59 years of marriage until his death on January 5, 2003.     

     In early years Wanda worked at the Salem Shoe Factory, and in her married years, she was a housewife and helpmate to her husband.  She was a custodian and later secretary/treasurer at Powers General Baptist Church, of which she was a faithful member.  During their retirement years, Wanda and Fred enjoyed their woodworking business (Bayles Crafts) and growing and preserving garden food.  Wanda enjoyed her family and loved spending time with them.

     She is survived by her daughter: Pamela (Gary) Sessions of Xenia; her daughter-in-law: Amy Bayles of Evansville, Indiana; a stepson: Marvin (Vicki) Bayles of Mineral Wells, West Virginia; and a sister: Ruby Bartley of Christiansburg, Virginia.  Also surviving are grandchildren: Kimberly (Brian) Scarbrough of Xenia, Kyle (Beth) Sessions of Fairfield, Justus (Laura) Bayles of Paducah, Kentucky, Jeris (Jessica) Bayles of Boonville, Indiana, and Julee (T.J.) Noll of Evansville; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren: Tina Richards of Gulfport, Mississippi and Tracy Lipscomb (Jason) of Boaz, West Virginia; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and 4 step-great-great-grandchildren.  A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

     Preceding Wanda in death were her parents; husband; son: Keith Bayles; great-granddaughter: Monica Bayles; step-grandson: Marvin Bayles Jr.; father and mother-in-law: Austin and Martha Bayles; and 3 sisters: infant Helen Clark, Naomi Baker, and Rosebud Shulz.  She was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law: Gene Baker, Harold Shulz, Leland Bartley, Bill Bayles, Doc Bayles, Edward Bayles, Dick Bodine, Raymond Whitsell, P.J. Cuvelier, and Bill Bartelt; and sisters-in-law: Myrtle Bodine, Lillie Whitsell, Wreatha Cuvelier, and Bertha Bartelt.

     The family would like to thank the staff at both Heritage Woods and Flora Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for their kindness, compassion, and care during Wanda’s stay at their facilities.   

     A funeral ceremony will be held at 12 noon on Friday, December 15, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Kyle Sessions and Brian Scarbrough officiating.  Interment will follow in Powers Cemetery, Xenia.  A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Powers Cemetery, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:  


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Linda Jones

December 11th

Sorry for your loss sending love, hugs and prayers to the whole family. She will be missed for sure . So many memories to hold onto too. I for one will cherish my memories of her and the love I had for her . So happy to have gotten to be a part of her life for so many years. Rest in peace ❤️

Trina Greenwood

December 11th

Prayers sent to the family. So sorry for your loss.

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

December 11th

I'm grateful to have had the chance to meet your mom and you. I'll cherish my memories and the good laughs that I had with her and you. Prayers and comfort to you all. ♥

Lynne & Fred Gocey

December 11th

Sorry Pam. You have my sympathy. It’s hard to lose your mom

Shirley & Randy Burgess

December 11th

We will always remember Wanda as a good neighbor and friend. She was always kind and caring and had a great sense of humor. May her family cherish all their precious memories with her. Rest in peace Wanda.

Pam (Glassford) Smith

December 11th

Pam, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God bless you with peace and comfort in the days ahead as you grieve the loss of your mother.

Mary Brooks Johnson

December 11th

Dear Pam, so sorry to hear you mother has passed. She sure lived a long life with a beautiful family. Even so, it is a difficult loss for you. Wishing you peace and comfort in the coming days.

Gina Douthit

December 12th

My deepest condolences.

Betty J Toms

December 12th

Ned and I thought so much of your mom. We truly enjoyed being neighbors with her and Fred, whether it was sharing garden produce with us or talking about memories of them and my parents. I loved hearing them share their friendship. After we lost our daughter she was always there to talk, listen, or just be there. I would have loved for Wanda to have lived forever, but she was too special for that. She should be with the Lord. We missed you when we moved, and now we will miss you more. Prayers to all her family.

Loretta Geotis

December 14th

My Aunt Wanda was a wonderful lady. I remember spending so many times visiting with her and Uncle Freddie, Pam and Keith, when they lived at the farm house. Aunt Wanda was a great cook specializing in big portions for farm hands, comfort food, mashed potatoes, gravy, and home-grown vegetables. I remember fishing in the pond. Every kid in the family loved fishing in the pond. She was truly a kind, caring, thoughtful person. She never missed sending me a birthday card my whole life. She had a good long life and I will miss her very very much. I picture her re-uniting with my Mom, her sister, and her other sisters, Uncle Freddie and Keith, my Clark grandparents, Grampy, and all those who have gone on to heaven before her. We love you and we miss you.

Bud & Linda Martin

December 15th

Pam and Family: We are sorry for your loss. 99 years - what an amazing life! You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

Norma (Fatheree) and Ivan Barnett

December 16th

Pam and Gary, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



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