Della Lavon <I>Denney</I> Bayless

Della Lavon Denney Bayless

Deweese, Clay County, Nebraska, USA
Death 5 Jul 2008 (aged 80)
Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
Burial Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
Plot Block 12, Lot 18, Grave 5
Memorial ID 44881587 · View Source
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Hood River News Obituary, July 9, 2008
Della Lavon Bayless
Della Lavon Bayless, a longtime resident of Hood River, passed away July 5, 2008, at Parkhurst House of Hood River.
Services to honor Lavon's life are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Idlewilde Cemetery. The Reverend Rinya Frisbie, of Asbury United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Lavon was born on April 22, 1928, in DeWeese, Neb., to Arthur Frederick and Alice Louisa (Johnson) Denney. Living in DeWeese during her early years, Lavon attended school with her brother, Arthur, in the red brick school house which still stands as a landmark in DeWeese.
Still at an early age, Lavon moved with her family to Emmett, Idaho. Then, after several years, the Denney family relocated to Creswell, Ore. On Nov. 6, 1948, Lavon and William "Bill" Bayless were married in Cottage Grove, Ore., and to this union were born two children: Della L. Bayless and William (Bill) Bayless Jr.
With Bill, who was working as an engineer in heavy construction, she and the family moved to Mill City, Ore., The Dalles, Ore., and Quincy, Wash. They moved back to the Hood River Valley in 1963, where Lavon was an active wife, mother, and grandmother. She had many hobbies and activities but had no greater joy than being involved with her family.
Lavon is survived by her husband of 60 years, William Bayless, of Hood River; one daughter, Della L. Stanger, and very loved son-in-law, Jack, of Longview, Wash.; and her son, William Henry Bayless Jr., and very loved daughter-in-law, Nora, of Selah, Wash.
The joys of Lavon's life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Mike Stagner and his wife, April, of Wenatchee, Wash., and their children, Allison, Kristen, and Carly; Kurt Stagner and his wife, Jessica, and their precious son, Koen, of Auburn, Wash.; and Marla Johanesen and her husband, Steve, of Bellingham, Wash., and their children, Hailey and Sienna. Also loved by Lavon were grand children Franklin Pedro Bayless, his wife Ofelia, and their daughter, Andrea (Andi), of San Diego, Calif., as well as Lavon's great-granddaughter who is expected to come into this world on Lavon's wedding anniversary of Nov. 6, 2008; William Bayless Jr., of Fr. Meade, Md., Karen, Victoria Bayless of Hawaii, and Heather and T.J. Fletcher, of Ellensburg, Wash.
Lavon survived cancer two times in her life and shared her experiences with those who feared this dreaded disease. She was a bastion of strength to those who knew her and an inspiration to all. Her courage has inspired her children and grandchildren, and will be a foundation for her great-grandchildren for generations to come.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Arthur Denney Jr., and two sisters, Betty Rowland and Lucielle Goins. Lavon is survived by her beloved sister, Alice Rhodes, brother, Robert Denney, and his spouse, Marissa, and sister, Carol Booble. Also loved by Lavon was Maria Richmond and children of Tacoma, Wash., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lavon and Bill were active as honorary members of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard and enjoyed many vacations in the company of those who served in World War II and the U.S. military.
The family suggests that contributions in Lavon's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in care of Anderson's Tribute Center.
Lavon will be greatly missed and eternally loved by all who knew her.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; (541) 386-1000. Please visit to view and print the obituary and sign the guest book for family.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 44881587
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Della Lavon Denney Bayless (22 Apr 1928–5 Jul 2008), Find a Grave Memorial no. 44881587, citing Idlewilde Cemetery, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Jeffrey Bryant (contributor 46919897) .