Mary E. Bayer, 91, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 12:19 P.M. July 21, 2018 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born March 9, 1927 in Nason, Illinois to the late James and Ruth (Inglett) Fanning. Mary married Kenneth M. Bayer on May 13, 1956. They were blessed with nearly 43 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on April 10, 1999. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by her son, Mark Bayer and brother, Charles Fanning.
Mary is survived by her brother, Jim Fanning and wife, Sharon of Phoenix, Arizona; aunt, Louise Stewart of West Frankfort, Illinois; children, Jayne (Bayer) Aydt and husand, Kevin of Wildwood, Missouri and Michael Sargent and wife, Debbie of Mount Vernon, Illinois; stepson, David Bayer and wife, Karen of Naples, Florida; daughter-in-law, Laura Bayer of Texico, Illinois; grandchildren, Bryan Bayer and wife, Hillary, Joanna Bayer, Amanda Aydt, Andrew Aydt, Mindy Siefert and husband, Jay, and Tyson Sargent and wife, Katie; step-grandchildren, Trez (Bayer) Thomas and husband, Walter, Ramelle (Bayer) Sholl, and Denae Bayer and husband, Steve Ovren; great-grandchildren, Addisyn Bradley, Brennan Bayer, Brogan Bayer, Chase Siefert, Peyton Siefert, Emmitt Sargent, and Lainey Sargent; and step-great-grandchildren, Prez Thomas, Teller Thomas, Ava Sholl, Langston Sholl, Anders Ovren, Cornelia Ovren, and Dmitriy Ovren.
Mary was a 62 year member of First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Green Hills Country Club, Garden Glories, Bridge Club, and Mitchell Museum. She loved to play golf, bridge, and tennis in her spare time. Mary worked for Illinois Bell, but her greatest job was being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
A Funeral Service will be held July 28, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Reverend Victor Long officiating. There will be no prior visitation. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Mary’s honor to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or Angels on Assignment at First United Methodist Church.