Iris E. Bayes, 80, passed away on Aug.4, 2017
Iris Eileen (Smith) Bayes, 80, passed away on Aug. 4, 2017.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at Baker Funeral Home in Peabody, Kan. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at the Burns United Methodist Church in Burns, Kan.
Iris’ life began in a tiny oilfield shack just a few miles from Altoona, Kan. on March 31, 1937. She was the youngest child of Fred Smith and Thelma (Tannahill) Smith. As a child, Iris’ fondest memories were of her and her siblings spending time with her two sets of grandparents who lived right across the street from each other in Vernon, Kan. Iris talked about having two lunches when they were there - one at 10:30a.m. at one grandparent’s house and one at noon at the other grandparents’ house!
The family eventually oved to Moundridge, where Iris would become lifelong friends with Arlene Moffet, Beverly Rosine, Darlene Koehn and Max Norma Smith. They went to Moundridge High School and have remained friends for life. Iris especially enjoyed the times she spent with Arlene, Darlene, and Bev and this foursome were best friends until the end.
Iris graduated in 1955 from high school and was off to airline school in Kansas City. Iris worked for a time at Beech Aircraft and lived in Wichita.
Iris met Charles Bayes at the skating rink in Newton. At first she wasn’t sure she wanted to date Chuck because her first impression of him was that he was too ornery and a practical joker that she did not appreciate, but he soon won her over and became the greatest love of her life. They married on June 12, 1959 in a small private ceremony and then were off to Colorado for their honeymoon. The couple would spend 58 years together.
Iris and Chuck had three children together; Julie the oldest, Vicki who died at birth, and Kelly the youngest. Iris was very involved with raising her kids and no matter what came up she always accepted and supported her children. Iris often said that nothing should ever turn a parent away from a child and she lived that philosophy.
Irish was a trailblazer of sorts by holding jobs that were previously “men only” positions and she was very successful in retail. She began her retail career at a little store called Oil Valley Grocery and Gas on First Street, 20 miles east of Newton, that was owned and operated by Iris and Chuck. She eventually owned her own clothing stores by the late 1970s. She had a store in Newton and a store in Peabody and they were called Bayes Cozy Casuals. Iris enjoyed all aspects of having her own business. As well as the clothing stores,Iris was very involved in another family business, Bayes and Sons Oil Company. Iris had a quick mind of business and she had a canny way of handling investments.
Irish enjoyed a good hunt, whether it was going garage saleing or to an auction, or if it was spending the day metal detecting, which became a great hobby for her. She joined the Mid America Metal Detecting club in Hutchinson, and served as secretary for a time. Iris didn’t care if she found a precious old coin or a piece of dirty junk tin she loved finding it all! One of the oldest items she found were civil war era musket ball shots used in a musket gun. She also found lots of coins. It all excited her and she logged hundreds of hours on the hunt!
Iris has three grandchildren, Saje, Ryan and Isaac they were a great joy for her. She enjoyed watching Disney movies with the kids and going to dance recitals and various other programs her grandchildren were a part of and you could usually find her videotaping every second.
Iris enjoyed her life and was always practicing positive thinking in her approach to whatever would arise. She joined Whitewater Center Church and served as treasurer for several years, and that gave her great strength. Iris loved living in the country and looking out at the Kansas landscape from the house she and Chuck built together. Iris sketched all the blue prints herself. They not only built a house – they built a home that is her legacy.
Iris is survived by: her husband Charles Bayes of the home; her daughter, Julie Bayes of Newton; son, Kelly (Amy) Bayes of Peabody; sister, Barbara Kreihbel of Pratt; brother, Galen Smith of Oak Grove Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
A memorial has been set up for Mid America Metal Detecting Club in Hutchinson.