Betty Rae Bair (Née Slocum) (Mom Moms), 90, resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed Wednesday March 16, 2016 in Lakeland. She was born July 18, 1925 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, daughter of Mary Olivia (Née Wicker) and William Edward Slocum. She attended LaGrange High School, Lake Charles (graduated in 1941) and attended Lake Charles Trade School for business. In February 1946 she married Edward John Bair, Sr., her devoted husband of 70 years.
In early adult life, she was a manager of Sears’ catalog department. Until her eighties, she worked at a jewelry store and high-end-fashion store.
Betty grew prize winning roses and was an international rose judge for the American Rose Society. Along with her husband, she was a repeat winner of Ball Masque in Harrisburg, PA. Betty was interested in fashion trends and enjoyed raising orchids and other exotic plants. She collected jewelry and relished giving it to her loved ones. She sang in choirs, duets, trios and was bass for the Sweet Adelines Louisiana Mudlarks in the 1940’s.
Betty is survived by husband Edward Bair, Sr., Lakeland, Florida; children Robert Bair, Milton, Florida; Karen Glisson (Michael), Plant City, Florida; Cindy Silberman (Eric), Silver Spring, Maryland; grandchildren Vanessa (Justin), Kelly, Brandon, Christopher (Erica); great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason, Wilson; sister: Mary Ann Gilger (Pete), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother has joined her son, Edward John Bair, Jr. (1946-1992)
Funeral visitation Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1-3 pm, DeBord Snyder Funeral Home, 141 East Orange Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602, www.debordsnyder.com. Service follows.
Betty Rae will be laid to rest at Mellinger’s Mennonite Cemetery, 1918 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602.