On Sunday, June 20th, 2004, Frances Bayley, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, passed away peacefully with daughter Carolyn, son-in-law Len, and caring staff of Oceanview ECU, Comox, B.C. by her side.
Frances was born in 1918 in High River, Alberta, the daughter of a family originally from Nova Scotia. A short time after she was born she and her brother Raymond, and the family moved back to Nova Scotia. It was in the lovely maritime town of Amherst, that Frances and Ray grew up and went to school.
In 1938 Frances married her first husband, Captain H.G. Longley, of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. It was from this union that their son, Graham Jr. was born. Sadly, Captain Longley was a casualty of the assault on Normandy, France, (Juno Beach) just a little over 60 years ago.
It was some time later that she met and married her second husband, Kenneth Bayley from Winnipeg, who was serving in the RCAF, Summerside, PEI. At the end of WWII, they moved to Winnipeg to settle in and to raise their family. During this time in their lives they spent many happy hours with friends’ square dancing, their favourtie pastime.
After 40 years of living in Winnipeg, Frances and her husband moved west to retire, and spent a few years in High River, Alberta, before moving on to Victoria, Campbell River, and finally to Courtenay in 1986.
Frances had some very interesting family history in that her great-grandfather, John Weldon, her fist family member to emigrate from England, sailed on the Albion as part of the Yorkshire Emigration, and landed in Halifax in the fall of 1774. It was this man’s grand-son, Richard Chapman Weldon, who founded the Dalhousie Law School, which to this day bears his name.
Frances took great pride in her home and kept her cupboards stocked with tasty deserts, as she loved to bake, her specialty being Nova Scotia Dutch rolls. She loved to paint as well as do needle point but she will be mostly remembered for her passionate love of animals, especially dogs, and over her lifetime she had many.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Kenneth in 2002 and her brother, Ray in 1994, and will be sadly missed by son Graham Bayley (Catherine) Burnaby; daughter Carolyn Titus (Leonard) Campbell River; sister-in-law Phyllis Ross (Bayley), Ninette, Man.; granddaughter, Jessica Bayley, Burnaby; grandsons, Steven Meyer, Edmonton, Scott Meter, Vancouver; niece Geraldine McKay (Tom), New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; nephew Don Ross (Sandy), Winnipeg; nieces, Karen Cummings (Jim) Cartwright, Man., Marilyn Kittle (Bayley) Auburn, Wash.
The family wishes to thank the caring and compassionate staff of the Oceanview ECU, Comox, for taking such wonderful care of Frances over the past 27 months, and we know if she were here today she would sincerely thank them also.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the SPCA, as Mon loved all animals great and small.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 8th, 2004, at 11:00a.m. St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Campbell River, B.C., The Venerable Peter Parker officiating.
“Forever in our Hearts”