Betty Bayless

Betty L Bayless

Tuesday, November 24th, 1925 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Betty L. Bayless, 94, of Silvis, IL, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis.
A private family service will be held.  Entombment will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park in Huntington, WV, next to her husband.  Wendt Funeral Home in Moline, IL, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty Preston was born November 24, 1925, in Huntington, WV, daughter of Hubert H. and Elizabeth (Wooten) Preston. After high School, she worked at the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant.  She met Roy Bayless at a wedding, where they served as Maid of Honor and Best Man.  After Roy completed three years in the Navy, Betty and Roy married on April 28, 1946.  Betty worked in dental offices, and in retirement, enjoyed their time living in Texas, Florida, Illinois, summers at their Wisconsin Lake home, and later winters at their condo in Arizona.  Many wonderful summer vacation memories were made with her grandsons.  Betty was called “Ma” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all are blessed with loving memories. Before his death four months ago, Betty and Roy shared 73 years together. 
Betty is survived by a daughter, Marcia (Jeff) Gunderson of Moline; a son, Gregory of Austin, TX; three grandchildren, Marcus (Julie) Quaranta of Silvis, Chad (Julie) Quaranta of Brookshire, TX, and Kelli Schafer of Moline; and great-grandchildren, Morgan and Caitlyn Quaranta, Lilly Elliott, and Brooke, Autumn, and Jackson Schafer.
Her family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at New Perspectives for their compassion and care of Betty, and to UnityPoint Palliative Care and UnityPoint Hospice.

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Service Details

  • Private Family Service

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Wendt Funeral Home
    1811 - 15th St. Pl.
    Moline, IL 61265
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    Pastor Randy Willers
  • Interment

    Ridgelawn Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Huntington, WV
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Annette Bittick (used to be Birdsong)

Posted at 12:00am
Greg, I know a lot of time has passed since we last spoke. I read the obituaries regularly and was saddened to see that you lost your mother shortly after your father passed. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your and your family's loss. -- Annette

Frank and Margaret Bishop

Posted at 12:00am
Marcia & family,
Again, we are heartbroken. We loved them both. They played a big role in our lives. Condolences to all.

Frank, Margaret and Heather

Jeanne Carter

Posted at 12:00am
My heart hurts to hear of Betty's passing. I never got a chance to say goodbye to this lovely lady. We had many good chats and shared a friendship that I am so grateful for. I loved the way her and Joe was always showing their love for each other, it was truly a blessing to be in their lives for a short while. Prayers to the family at this time. I know they are walking in God's garden happily now.

Blake Aldridge

Posted at 12:00am
I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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