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Janet Beth Bays

Janet "Beth" (Tennant Temple) Bays, 56, of Willet, NY, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY.

A lifelong resident of the area, Beth was born in Johnson City, NY on May 31, 1952 to Gerald and Hazel Douglas Tennant. She was active in the German Baptist Church and was a board member of the Westview Cemetery Association. She was employed at Marietta Corporation, Cortland, for twenty years. Beth was a loving and compassionate woman and she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

In addition to her mother, Hazel Tennant, of German, she is survived by her husband, Kevin Bays of Willet; a daughter, Jennifer (Eric) Lewis of Smithville Flats; a son, Justin (Carrie) Temple of Willet; and a step-daughter, Jennifer Bays of Myrtle, MS. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Allison, Allan, Shayla, Jarissa, Aleigha, Coda, and Ciara; her sisters, Lora (Aaron) Congdon of Truxton and Cindy (Don) Nogva of German; her brothers, John (Jeanne)Tennant of Cincinnatus and Charles (Anne) Tennant of Willet; her mother-in-law, Frances Bays of Virgil; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by a son, Jeremy Temple, on July 26, 1997 and her father, Gerald Tennant, on December 19, 1998.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend David Seaver officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, German. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to remember Beth are kindly asked to consider donations to the family. A celebration of Beth's life will follow the committal service at the Willet Fire Hall.

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Beth was a fine woman with a kind heart, and was a great sister-in-law. My heart is heavy to think she's gone so soon. I have so many memories of her. She had a great laugh, enjoyed being around people, and always had a kind word.

Beth watched me when I was little (and mom was working.) Jeremy, Jennifer, and I played in the yard, listened to the stereo through the open window, and went swimming from time to time in Wayne's pond. Beth played a real mean game of Yahtzee, and I teased her to play almost everyday...she always said yes!

Beth was in our wedding, and Roberta was pleased to have her as her "Matron-of-Honor."

To all of Beth's family; We are praying for you. We loved Beth and hope that you will find comfort in a life well lived.

Especially to Jennifer & Justin; You have tended to your mamma in her last days with honor and grace. Roberta and I are both VERY proud of you!

We are thankful we got to see Beth one last time. Our prayers are with you!

MikeTemple Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with the whole family. Beth was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will be greatly missed.

Hanna and John Nate Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to all of Janets family. She was just the sweetest lady.. My prayers are with you .

Kelly Smith Goff Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Kevin and everyone,
My thoughts and prayers are with you

Linda Hayden Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Sending our sincerest sympathies to all of Beth's family.

The Lange Family; Suzanne, Cori, Merie Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Hi Mom,I'm having a hard time imagining life without you.I will miss you so much that words cannot describe the pain I feel.What will we do when Saturday comes and the holidays roll around.You won't be there.I know your spirit will always be with us and we will be together again someday.I'm comforted to know that Jeremy and Grandpa are with you to.Mom please watch over Allison and Allan they loved you so much.Mom I love you and I'm sorry for the pain you had to endure.I can't wait until we meet again.Love you MOM...

Jennifer Lewis Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Our heart and prayers go out to all of Beth's family members

Gene, Linda,Emma Lewis Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, and would like to send my condolences to the family. I knew beth when I worked at marietta. She was a nice, caring, wonderful person to be around.

pamela machukas Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

I was quite young when Beth was married to my uncle, but I do remember her being a happy and kind person who was always laughing. When I recently saw her in January, she asked me if I remembered who she was, I had to smile because although it had been many years since I had seen her last, I couldn't forget that wonderful smile she had! My heart goes out to Beth's family and friends, especially to Jennifer and Justin. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Darcy Beall Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you Kevin and your family. You and Beth were not just coworkers but also considered friends by many of us at Marietta. Beth was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts have been about you and Beth for some time now. Family and friends are a good thing to have at a time like this. God Bless you and your family. Charlie and Lori

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