MIFFLINBURG – Anastasia Bayly, 87, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, at 12:11 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She had been living with her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Glen and Jennifer Bayly, in Mifflinburg, for the past 6 months following a decline in her health.
She was born January 30, 1929, in New York City, a daughter of the late William and Lambrini Xikes. In 1948, she married Glen Bayly, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1967. Glen was a veteran of World War II in the Construction Batallion of the Navy and served in the Pacific.
Anastasia’s parents were Greek immigrants to the U.S. Her name in Greek means “resurrection”. One of her great grandchildren is also named Anastasia and she was born in the same Geisinger Medical Center, five years ago. Anastasia was a godly Christian woman and shared her faith in Jesus Christ to many, many people over the years. She would sometimes bring up the conversation of spiritual things when people commented on her name. Anastasia truly believed Jesus’s claim in John 11:25 where he stated, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
She had the privilege of praying with many to ask Jesus for forgiveness of sins and to receive his promise of eternal life. Anastasia was trained in the Evangelism Explosion program to share her faith effectively. Some of those she led to faith were perfect strangers she met during her day, including even at least one Muslim she brought to faith in Christ.
Ann, as she was known by many, lived for about 45 years in the Meadows Senior Park in El Cajon, California, where she was active in the community events and in Bible Study with other residents. She enjoyed gardening and was loved by everyone who knew her. Anastasia would make Greek foods, especially during the holidays, including spanakopita, koulourakia, and baklava and shared them with friends and family. She was also known for the car she drove, a 1971 Camaro that she bought new and kept in mint condition.
Ann had worked in Christian radio after the death of her husband, for 19 years, at KECR in El Cajon. After the station went to automation, she worked as secretary in a hospital and worked part-time into her 80’s as the bookkeeper for the El Cajon Alliance Church. She was most recently involved at the East County Christian Fellowship near her home where she was involved in the ladies prayer group and helped serve doughnuts during the fellowship hour on Sundays.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Jennifer Bayly of Mifflinburg, and Jeff and Debbie Bayly of Kingman, Arizona; 4 grandsons, Tom, Doug, Mike, and Scott Bayly; 6 great grandchildren, Justin, Chase, Jack, Mariah, Elijah, and Anastasia, in Pennsylvania and Virginia; one sister, Susan Xikes of New York; 2 sisters-in-law, Argie Xikes, and Cynthia Xikes, both of New York; 3 granddaughters-in-law, Christine, Sarah, and Jessi.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers, Greg and Nick Xikes, two sisters, Mary Poulos and Lillian Xikes and a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Bayly.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 am at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carol Canyon Road, San Diego. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:00 pm at the East Valley Christian Fellowship, 14069 Ridge Hill Rd., El Cajon. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 pm at the Mifflinburg Alliance Church, 80 Church Road with her son, Pastor Glen Bayly, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Ann’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.