Margaret Emily Cross Bayer
“Our hands can’t hold memories, but our hearts can.” Margaret Emily Cross Bayer passed away Monday, May 16, 2011 in Templeton, CA. She was born on April 1, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA. She studied nursing at Temple University. She and her husband, Charles, raised three children, Judy, Bob and Steve. After their son, Steve, died in an automobile accident, they purchased property in 1973 in Herrickville, Bradford County, and began planning their eventual retirement to northeastern Pennsylvania. In 1984, they relocated to their Herrickville home and began their lives anew.
Peg was a second mother and good friend to many. She was devoted to helping people. For many years, she was an advocate at the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center. She sponsored many women, spiritually mentoring them in a loving way to be the best they can be. She took many trips with her surrogate daughters to celebrate their relationships and to spend time with them. She was a member of the Towanda Methodist Church and participated in the annual mother/daughter banquets, inviting her surrogate daughters to attend.
She was active with the United Methodist Women's Group, the Writer's Guild and her Bridge Club. She also served on the Advisory Board of Mental Health Associates.
In 1996, the Bayers moved to Paso Robles, CA to be near their children and grandchildren. She became active in her new community, becoming a member of the Atascadero United Methodist Church and serving as president of the Paso Robles United Methodist Women. She was a contributor to many charities and served as Director of the Paso Robles Women's Club.
Peg continued her writing as a member of the Writer’s Critique Group in Paso Robles. She published two books, “Confederate Daughter” and “This Old House,” the latter being the story of her time in Herrickville.
Survivors include her husband, Charles, with whom she shared 65 years; her daughter, Judy and son, Robert, and two grandchildren, all of California. She also is survived by her many good friends. When Peg made friends, she made them for life.
A Pennsylvania memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 26, 3 to 4 p.m. at the Potterville home of Judy Johnston, 31 Retter Rd., Rome, 570-395-3201, to which all of her friends are invited to celebrate Peg’s life.
Family and friends suggest memorial gifts be made to the Abuse and Rape Crisis Center, PO Box 186, Towanda, PA 18848; The Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, or to the Central Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association of California, www.alz.org/cacentralcoast.
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