Irene Lucinda Keys Bayless was the sixth child of seven children born to James Edwin Keys and Matilda Ingram Keys. Her oldest brother William Alexander Keys was born in New York after James and Matilda emigrated from Ireland. The other children were born in Tazewell, Washington, Illinois. By the time Irene was age six years the family had moved to Kansas. In 1886 Irene's father, James was killed in an accident on the farm. According to the story Irene told he possibly had an accident while plowing.
Irene graduated from Western Musical Conservatory June 1898. As a trained musician she taught instrumental music in Kansas and later in California.
After marriage Irene insisted the family move from the Bayless family farm in Melvern, Kansas to California. Early in 1913 they settled in Long Beach, California. In May that year the family were attending a Scottish Rite event in a public building when the building collapsed. Both Henry and Irene were injured. Their four year old son, Virgil was killed. Young Ira was uninjured.
Irene was "Irene" in Kansas and to her family. In California she used the name "Lucille". She was active socially. Enjoyed bridge games and garden parties. She was an active member and officer of The Women's City Club and Ebell Club.
Irene and Henry raised the three children of their son, Ira after the death of his wife.
Irene died in June 1956 due to congestive heart disease. Her body was taken by train for burial in the Melvern Cemetery in Kansas with the Bayless family.
Henry Stonecipher Bayless
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