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Edna Bays

February 24, 1929 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 90)

Edna Bays passed away on August 5, 2019 at The Brook in Houghton Lake, MI, at the age of 90.  Edna was born on February 24, 1929 and grew up on a farm in Manitou Beach, MI.  She graduate from Onsted High School in 1946.  After graduation she moved to Adrian where she waitressed for many years.  She worked at Dobbins Tea Room, the Lenawee Country Club and later the Tecumseh Country Club.  Edna and Taulbee "Toby" Bays were married in Napoleon, OH, on August 4, 1951.  A son, John Bays, was born in 1952.  Edna moved from Adrian to Temperance, MI, in 1999 to be near her son and daughter in law.  When they both passed away, and more care was needed, she moved to Houghton Lake, MI, to be near her niece in 2017.  Edna loved to travel.  She was always ready for the next trip, whether near or far.  One of her favorite trips was to England with her sister.  There she began her Royal Doulton figurine collection.  Edna was a loving and caring person.  She seldom complained, even through many hard and difficult times in her life.  She was her friends and families' greatest cheerleader.  One of her greatest attributes was her amazing gift to listen to others.  She will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to know her.  Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur & Marguerite Hawkins, husband Toby Bays, her son John and daughter in law Marcia, and sister and brother in law, Jim & Pat Hansen.  She is survived by her nieces, Carol (Fred) Chidester of Houghton Lake, MI, and Linda (Wayne) Yielding of Sylvania, OH, three great nieces, Tesha (Charles) Humphriss, Courtney (Bill) Rapson and Nita (Steve) Messerschmidt and one great nephew, Shane Chidester, and three wonderful and caring friends, Beth Haines, Collen Rudnicki and Karen Stresen.  A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, August 10, 2019, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, 2959 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian, MI.  Interment will follow in Lenawee Hills Memorial Park.  Visitation will also be on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the time of service at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, MI.

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