Mona Lee French “Gigi” Bayless made the peaceful transition to see her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Solaris Healthcare Palatka. She was 99 years, 11 months of age. Mona was born in Okahumpka, FL on October 7, 1918 and raised in Edgar where her father worked at the Edgar Koalin Mines.
She attended elementary school in Johnson and graduated from Melrose High School in 1937. She operated a general store in the Lake Rosa area before taking a job as a secretary at Camp Blanding when World War II broke out. In 1950 she began work as a bookkeeper at McCrory’s where she “toiled” for 33 years, retiring in 1983.
Mona was a member of First Baptist Church, Palatka where she taught Sunday School. When College Park Baptist Church was organized she moved her membership and became an active member of the church teaching and getting involved in missions including a mission trip to Jamaica.
Gigi was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law. She loved her family, her friends and her Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hilyan and Mona French; her brothers, Curren, Hilyan and Henry; her sisters, Frances, Hilda and Martine; one son, Donald; grandchildren, Don, Jr. and Christine.
She is survived by two sons and spouses: Leon (Sandra) Bayless, Palatka and John (Susan) Bayless, St. Marys, GA; four grandchildren: Nina (Bruce) Bayless Newman, Dusty Bayless, both of Jacksonville; Emily (Rich) Bayless Byrd, Elinor (Gabe) Bayless Warmack both of St. Augustine; Cindy Bayless, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Calista Newman, Ariel Newman, Jolie Newman, Ethan Bayless, Jackson Byrd, Bennett Byrd, Hannah Hubbard, Haley Hubbard and several nieces and nephews.
Her family thanks the entire staff of Solaris Healthcare Palatka for their excellent care and nurturing of our Gigi. God bless you all.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Bro. Charles Litzell officiating. Burial will follow in Palatka Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Mona’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.