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Mona Lisa Williams Bayer of Equality

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    Mona Lisa Williams Bayer

updated: 7/15/2017 12:12 PM

EQUALITY -- Mona Lisa Williams Bayer, 62, surrounded by her loving family, passed away at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in St. Vincent Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Mona was born March 14, 1955, in Eldorado, the daughter of Bob and Leah (Brinkley) Williams.

She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1976. For over three decades, she was a firm, but compassionate, probation officer in Gallatin and Hardin counties.

Mona married the love of her life, Bernard Bayer, on Aug. 14, 1976, and instantly became the World's Best Stepmother to Lisa and Mark Bayer.

On March 2, 1990, she and Bernie were blessed with their brilliant and beautiful daughter, Jarah Jillian.

Mona was a lifelong member of Equality Presbyterian Church, pastored by both her grandfather, T.Y. Williams, and her uncle, Jerry Williams.

Survivors include her parents; husband; daughters, Jarah Scates (Alex) of Evansville and Lisa Bayer (John Gehner) of Athens, Georgia; son, Dr. Mark Bayer (Pam) of Charleston; grandchildren, Jackson, Addison and Ashlyn Bayer and Ayla, Lily and Wyatt Gehner; sister, Janice Lane (Bill) of Equality; precious nieces, Tera Henson (Wes), Tami Logsdon (Jack) and Megan Jackson (Jeremy); dozens of great-nieces and nephews, including Will and Lane Henson, Diane and Dawson Hish and Audrey and Grant Jackson; and the extended Williams and Bayer families.

Most important, Momo will watch from heaven for the arrival of her grandson, Crew Alexander Scates, in October.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Jewell Brinkley and T.Y. and Louise Williams; and granddaughter, Grace Anne Bayer.

She is also missed terribly by her furbabies, Maggie, Tinker and Taz.

Mona will be remembered for her smile and laugh, good nature, generosity, unconditional love for everyone in her life, and deep and abiding Christian faith.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, in First Presbyterian Church in Equality. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Vickery Funeral Chapel in Equality.

Memorials may be made to Equality Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 184 N. Calhoun St., Equality, IL 62934.

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