Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jean Roberta Bayless Wilson, 81, Crane, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, teacher and friend.

Jean was born October 24, 1927 to William Robert and Cordelia Lillard Bayless in Cassville, Missouri. She graduated from Cassville School and after her children were reared she earned an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Missouri State University. She substitute taught for 10 years with the Crane school system.

Jean was an active member of the Crane First Baptist Church, serving as a teacher in both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Jean served on the Stone County Extension Council, was a member of the Crane Extension Club, helped organize the Hideout 4-H Club, and was named Crane PTA Mother of the Year in 1966.

Jean was united in marriage to Joe Edward Wilson on December 31, 1949, in the First Baptist Church, Cassville. They made their home and reared their four children on the Wilson family farm for 55 years before moving to town in Crane.

Jean is survived by her husband, Joe of the home; their four children, Judy and husband, Dave, of Springfield, Jim and wife, Tina, of Springfield, Janet, of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Joy of Columbia, Missouri; her grand children, Melissa Haase, Heather Schnebley, Kris, Jeremy and Lance Wilson; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Haase, Lily and Dylan Schnebley and Sam Wilson; other relatives and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Bernice Stubblefield and Wilma Bayless, twin brother John Bayless and great-granddaughter, Ashley Haase.

Funeral services were Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Crane First Baptist Church. Burial was at Crane Community Cemetery under the care of Westrip Funeral Home, Crane. In lieu of flowers the requests that memorial contributions be made to the Crane First Baptist Church building fund or the charity of the donor's choice. Paid obit