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Elsie Louise (Fritzler) Bayless was born March 5, 1923, to Adam and Lydia (Steinle) Fritzler at Shattuck, Oklahoma. Elsie passed from this life on December 13, 2014, at the Shattuck Nursing Center at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 8 days. She grew up on the family farm southwest of Shattuck, Oklahoma and attended Victory Grade School. Her freshman year she attended the Higgins High School and then went to Shattuck High School and graduated with the class of 1941. After graduating high school, she attended the Hills Business University in Oklahoma City and got an Associate’s Degree in Business in 1942. Elsie married the love of her life, Glenn Bayless on February 20, 1945 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, southwest of Shattuck, Oklahoma. To this union three boys were born; Gary Glenn, Kendall Ray, and Norman Leslie. They lived on the farm northeast of Arnett until poor health required them to move to the Shattuck Nursing Center in December, 2004. As a child at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Elsie made her decision for Christ and was baptized. She was a faithful member of the Arnett First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir, and helped with the nursery-cradle roll. Elsie worked as a clerk typist for Farm Security Administration and also helped out on the farm. She was a member of the Home Demonstration and NW China Painters. Elsie enjoyed oil, watercolor, and China painting, sewing, quilting, cooking, and watching her grandchildren’s sports activities. They were all very special to her. During high school, she loved to play the clarinet in the high school band. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Lydia Fritzler; spouse, Glenn Bayless; great granddaughter, Isabela Sant’Anna; sister, Virginia Herbel; brother-in-laws; Grover Bayless and wife Ruth, Wendell Bayless, Marion Bayless, and Kenneth Rouse; parents-in-law, Charles and Ethel Bayless. Elsie is survived by sons, Gary Bayless and wife Dixie, Kendall Bayless and wife Sue, and Norman Bayless all of Arnett, OK; 8 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; Greg Bayless and wife, Lisa and children Braden, Benjamin, Beth Ellen and Bo of Tulsa, OK, Kendra Sant’Anna and husband Fabio and children Anna Hope and Nicholas of Londrina, Brazil, Kara Loy and husband Aaron and children Luke, Lily, Londyn, and Levi of Mount Juliet, TN, Kimberly Booth and husband Shane and children Bella and Brenly of Arnett, OK, Lisa Friesen and husband Scot and children, Ryne, Alisa, and Alyson of Arnett, OK, Bryan Bayless and wife Heather and children Boston, Hunter, and Brody of Weatherford, OK, Brandon Bayless and wife Lori and children Brooklyn, Landry, and Lauryn of Arnett, OK, B.J. Bayless and wife Randi and son Brock of Weatherford, OK; brother, Raymond Fritzler and wife Ida of Shattuck, OK; sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Rouse of Wichita, KS, Ruby Bayless of Dinuba, CA; brother-in-law, Eugene Herbel of Woodward, OK; nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church, Arnett, Oklahoma with interment following in DeBolt Cemetery, Arnett, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family & Memorial Tribute viewed at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Arnett
Published on  December 17, 2014
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