Mary Louise Bayne

Died: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 23, 2018
Location: Louisa Center Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Aug. 24, 2018
Location: United Methodist Church - Wapello

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On August 19, 2018, Mary Louise (Morrison) Bayne became another shining star in the heavens as she joined her Lord and Savior.  Longtime residents of Wapello, Iowa, Mary Louise and her husband Ed, moved to Spencer, Iowa in October 2016 to live near her son and his family.

The daughter of Orval and Lillian Leota White Morrison, Mary Louise was born on the farm in Hillsboro, Iowa on November 25, 1926.  Her family farmed in Hillsboro and later in Mount Union until her graduation from high school in 1944.  Her love of animals developed from growing up on the farm and helping with the livestock. Horses were her special love.

Mary Louise attended and graduated from Drake University with a certificate in education.  Her first teaching job was in Sperry, Iowa followed by Montezuma before moving to Wapello.  There she started her family with a daughter, Pamela Kay (Wilkerson) Ellison now of Phoenix, AZ followed by her son, Rick Wilkerson, now of Spencer, IA.  Once the children were in school, Mary Louise returned to teaching, initially teaching junior high in Morning Sun and later teaching elementary school in Wapello.  While teaching, she returned to Iowa Wesleyan College where she received a BA in education. Her passion for teaching was very obvious to those who knew her and, most importantly, to her many students.  It was a rarity that she was not greeted by a former student who expressed appreciation for all she had done on trips to Burlington or Iowa City.  After 30 years of educating young students in Southeast Iowa she retired from teaching and began her second career as a volunteer.
For many years Mary Louise delighted in being the church pianist at Louisa Center Community Church.  When this church closed due to dwindling numbers of farm families in the area, Mary Louise organized a group to move and restore the church 8 miles into Wapello, where it sits on the grounds of the Louisa County Historical Society to be shared with all for weddings, events and the simple enjoyment of those in the area.  After the closure of the country church, Mary Louise became a member of the United Methodist Church in Wapello where she remained very active.  She was also active in The Louisa County Retired Teachers Club, Chapter G of TTT, Chapter ET of PEO, Delta Kappa Gamma, The Louisa County Historical Society and Friends of the Keck Library.  One of her favorite activities was volunteering at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.  She truly enjoyed and impacted those who were elderly, ill, and disabled with her sincere, caring manner.

In retirement, Mary Louise and Ed have indulged in their passion for travel. Their favorite trips were the many to Scotland where Ed has numerous relatives. Trips to West Point to visit her son, and later around the country as grandchildren were born and grew, also brought Mary Louise great joy.  It is true that nothing brought a smile to her face like a new grandchild! Her grandson, Blake, and his family who are avid ISU fans brought her to Ames often as well.  When not traveling, Mary Louise could be found side by side with Ed working in their bountiful garden that overflowed with tomatoes and zucchini for friends and neighbors to enjoy, and tending their many flowers and bird feeders.

The many memories of this wonderful woman are left to be shared by her sister, Sandra Ross of The Villages, Florida; her loving husband and best friend, Ed; their two children, Pamela Kay Ellison of Phoenix, Arizona and Rick & Barbara Wilkerson of Spencer, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, Blake & Sharon Johnson of Gilbert, Iowa, Tyler Naifeh of Hollywood, California, Erin & Tony Lewis of Kelowna, British Columbia, Lauren & Porter Hall of Berkeley, California, Caralyn & Mark Ivey of Yuma, Arizona, Gregory & Mayzin Wilkerson of Yangon, Myanmar, Matthew Wilkerson of Iowa City, Iowa, and Katelynn, Daniel, Breanna, and Junior Wilkerson all of Spencer, Iowa.  Mary Louise was also fortunate to have 10 loving great grandchildren in whom her love will live on.

Funeral services will be at the United Methodist Church in Wapello at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 24th., 2018 with Rev. Pam Kranzler officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery with a luncheon gathering back at the Fellowship Hall of the church.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 23rd at the Louisa Center Community Church at the Louisa County Historical Campus on Hwy 61 in Wapello.

Memorial gifts in memory of Mary Louise can be made to the United Methodist Church in Wapello, the Keck Memorial Library, the Volunteer Fire Dept. of Wapello or to Love Takes Root, a charitable organization for the support of children of the developing world started by Dr. Rick and Barbara Wilkerson.

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Mike Chaplin
   Posted Mon August 20, 2018
Mary Louise Bayne is one of my most favorite people in the world. I have had a handful of people in my life that I consider to be my favorites of all the world has to offer, and I know that to most people my list of favorites doesn't mean a lot. However I am sure that we all agree that Mary Louise has a heart of gold and she always wanted the best for everyone she encountered. I consider myself as truly blessed to have known Mary Louise and will forever hope that I can exhibit the love and hope for all that she lived everyday.

Harlan Schafer
   Posted Mon August 20, 2018
Mike used the very words I was about to write. Mary Louise was one of my very favorite people in the world. In my 60 years of knowing her I cannot think of a single negative about her. Always so kind to everyone. She was without a doubt our kids' favorite teacher and you could tell she loved them as well. Welcome home Mrs. Bayne.

Gord and Claire Hanna
   Posted Mon August 20, 2018
Although our time together was short..the wonderful memories remain.
Our sincere condolences.
Claire and Gord

Cathy Celsi
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
My husband Tony and I are so sorry to hear of the death of May Louise. I am a very good friend, of her sister, Sandra Ross. Met Mary Louise and Ed years ago, when I lived in the Quad Cites and Ed was still running in the Bix. My condolences to Ed and Mary Louise's family.

Cathy and Tony Celsi

Alana Poage
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
Mary Louise was an amazing woman and a truly beautiful soul. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Her family and friends may find comfort in loving memories. I regret that I will not be able to offer my condolences in person but I send my love and prayers.

F.W. and Binia Fageol
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
Ed and Family, It is truly with a heavy Heart that we learned of Mary Louises' passing. What a Great Lady! We were so happy to have been a small part in her life! Our Deepest Sympathy and Our Heartfelt Prayers are with all of you. She WILL be truly missed!, F.W. and Binia Fageol (Irish Ivy)

Patricia (Pat) Mumme
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
Ed, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the lost of Mary Louise. May you have many wonderful memories of your years of happiness together.

Kourtney Huffman Oviatt
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
in the little time I knew Mary, I could tell how wonderful of a person she really was. Her smile could always light up the room, and she would always welcome me with the warmest hugs. Her and Ed were a great example of what Love really is. She will be truly be missed by many.

Gene Arnold
   Posted Wed August 22, 2018
One of my favorite teachers as well as person. She always had a kind word and her smile was infectious. Here involvement in the school and the community made her someone to look up to as a role model. Godspeed, Mrs. Bayne. Until we meet again.

Belinda Lyons
   Posted Thu August 23, 2018
Dear Sandy and others of Mary Louise's family,

My thoughts and sympathy are with you this week. Sandy, what a serendipity that our sisters were friends and you and I have been friends for so many years. Mary Louise was a lovely, gracious woman - as is her sister!

Mindy French
   Posted Thu August 23, 2018
Mrs. Bayne was one of my favorite grade school teachers! I can still see her greeting us each morning with a hug and her contagious smile. Even years later when I would see her I would get that same greeting. God received an amazing person! My condolences to the family.

Gene Matthews
   Posted Fri August 24, 2018
Mary Louise left me smiling whenever I met her. She was a blessing to many in her long, lovely and loving life and all her knew her are better because of it. I pray God's peace on Ed and the rest.

debra s heuer-stewart
   Posted Sun August 26, 2018
I would like to extend my sympathy to Ed and family. May God hold his arms around you in this difficult time. Though I did not know Mary Louise personally, I am sure she was a wonderful person as Ed.

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