Betty J. (Mason) Brandt Bayless

September 21, 2019

Betty J. (Mason) Brandt Bayless 92, of Rochester, IN, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2019, after a short illness, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.  She was born January 26, 1927 in Ervin Township, Howard County, Indiana to the late Glen Benjamin & Stella (Degraffenreid) Mason.  She married Joe B. Brandt on March 9, 1947 in Kokomo.  After his death she married the late Don H. Bayless at Bruce Lake, Indiana in 1965.

Betty was a 1945 graduate of Kokomo High School and was employed by Hayes Stellite.  She retired, in August of 1987, after 26 years being the manager and assistant cashier at Union State Bank, Kempton, Ind.  While living in Clinton County, Betty was active with the Scircleville United Methodist Church, and was involved with the Jackson Township Home Ec. Club, Kempton Women’s Study Club and served on the board of the Clinton Central School District Food Distribution Program.  In 2004 Betty moved to Rochester, Indiana until her health declined and then moved to Miller’s Merry Manor, Logansport.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Graveside services will be 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. 7th St., Rochester, IN 46975 or Kewanna United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 398, Kewanna, IN 46939 or the Michigantown Community Center, 500-504 Ohio St., Michigantown, IN 46057.

Survived by:

Betty is survived and will be greatly missed by her sister, Joan Hall of Kokomo, daughter, Jean Urbin, husband, Jack of Kewanna, their daughter, Jessica Rentschler, husband, Jeremy of Lucerne, their children, Jackson, Jace, Jillian and Jacoby, daughter, Jane Unger, husband, John of Muncie, their daughter, Jill Kropa, husband, Erik of Indianapolis, their sons, Brandt and Christian, step-daughter, Elizabeth Olow of Arizona, step-son, Terry Bayless, wife, Georgena of Franklin, their daughter, Kati Ghent, husband, Alan, their children, Grace, Brady, Lucas and Miles, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

The family wishes to thank Miller’s Merry Manor and Logansport Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care and kindness given to Betty.


Leave your Condolences

11 Condolences for “Betty J. (Mason) Brandt Bayless”

  1. Teri Zechiel September 22, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet, kind lady. I want you to know that I am thinking about you and praying for your family. This is such a difficult time but all of your memories will help you get through it. I wish I could be there at the funeral for you and your family but I will have you in my thoughts. Love, Teri

  2. Chris Clark September 22, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Jean & Jane,
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. That is never easy. She was a very sweet lady, & I’m sure she will be greatly missed. You will be in my thoughts & prayers.

  3. Sandy Sawyer September 22, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    So sorry that you’ve lost your mom, but so happy we got to know her here in Rochester. We first met her at the beauty shop where she and my mom began a nice friendship. Then we always saw her Sunday mornings at church. Finally we enjoyed taking her Meals on Wheels. Betty always had a smile and kind words. She was a genuine caring, happy lady who brightened up anyone’s day who was fortunate to see her. I miss her. You kids always took such good care of her and spent much time with her. She was a very special lady!!

  4. Kathie & Barry September 22, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and her family.

  5. Nicki Wilson September 22, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    My deepest sympathy. She was a beautiful lady inside and out!

  6. Margo Estruth September 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Jean and Jane,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this difficult time. I am forever grateful that we had a mini family get-together a few years ago and I was able to spend time with your mom. She was a special, lovely lady.

  7. Karen Swank September 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    You have my sympathy!! There is nothing like loosing your mother. May she rest in peace! Love you Jean and Jane. Karen Swank

  8. Brenda Click Stevens September 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    So sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Hold dear the memories of happy times and places.

  9. Kay Denny September 24, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Jean & Family,
    So sorry for the loss of your Mom. I’m so glad that I got to know her, talk & laugh with her, spend lunches with her & her friends at the dinner table at Miller’s. I know my Mom (Margaret Belcher) always liked her company & asked about her when she wasn’t sitting there with them. Even trying to talk her in to doing things with them. They were their own little family which made it special. Sometimes there is sadness when we can’t be with our loved ones when we want to. But, it made me happy when I could get a smile or laugh out of her, hoping it would brighten her day. And Jean, it was always nice to talk with you too; sharing our thoughts, and just listening to each of our concerns and sadness of things we couldn’t control. Coming & going I’d sneak a peak in her room just to say hi & get a little smile out of her. I will miss that but I truly believe she is really smiling now. Many prayers to you & all your family. Take care & God Bless.

  10. Brenda Scircle Smith September 24, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I started this note of sympathy over and over and then I realized that there are no words to express my feelings about the loss of your Mom. She was one of the kindest Mom’s I had the privilege of knowing from a very, very young age. (You know she put up with a lot from us girls). She was such a dear, sweet lady and you are two lucky girls to have had a wonderful woman you called Mom. My deepest sympathy. R.I.P. Betty

  11. James Charles September 27, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Girls I was just thinking about your mom lately and today just read about her passing. I would of loved to have come and visited at Goodwin’s. Your mom was very special and have truly missed talking to her. We used to talk at Aaron’s ballgames. She was the sweetest person I think I ever met. Sorry for your loss but she’s in good hands now.

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