Barbara Lavar (Berridge) Bayless England, 88, of Edmond, Okla., was welcomed to heaven on November 29, 2016 in Guthrie, Okla.
Barbara was born in McAllen, Texas, on October 9, 1928 to Soloman and Lilah Berridge.
She received her Associates degree from Graceland University, Bachelors and Masters degrees from Missouri State University
and her Specialist in Education from Drury College.
Among many other things, Barbara was a teacher at Mark Twain Elementary and taught remedial reading at Reed Jr. High in Springfield, Mo.; principal of Strafford Elementary in Missouri; principal of Westwood Elementary in Stillwater, Okla; literacy consultant with the OK Press Association, and director of the Reading Clinic and adjunct professor at UCO in Edmond. She was also a Cub Scout Leader and sang in the Sweet Adeline's in Springfield, Mo; director at Camp Wakonda in Racine, Mo; board member of Project READ and member of the Land Run RV Club in
Edmond. She was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ, serving in numerous capacities, Barbara was a gifted musician and artist, always learning new ways to use her creativity. Above all she was loving and generous, full of life and laughter.
Barbara was preceded in death by her son, William Michael Bayless;
former husband Bill Bayless; husband Lloyd England; fiancé Ben Simmons; and great-grandchild Elia Gaumer.
She is survived by her children, Barbara K. and Dana Webster, Bailey,Colo; Robert "Bob" and Shari Bayless, Springfield, Mo., and Becky and Mike Wellington, Edmond; grandchildren, Katie (Webster) and Ted Paskvan, Aaron E. and Michelle Webster, Autumn and Tyler Jones, Kinsey and Tyler Horringa, Michael, Matthew and Ashley Bayless, Logan and Paul Waggoner, Mark and Katie Bayless, Branden and Stacy Bayless, Chenille and Greg Gaumer; great-grandchildren Lily Webster, Thomas & Tristan Paskvan, Nathaniel, Ava and Will Bayless, Ethan, Gabriela, Malachi, and Olivia
Gaumer, Liam and Collin Waggoner, Gage and Bexley Bayless, and Summer Jones.
Memorial contributions can be made to Project READ of Edmond, OK.
Memorial services will be held at a future date.
Published on December 1, 2016