Vanda Yvonne Bayliss
1951 - 2019
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Bayliss, Vanda Yvonne
Jul 29, 1951 - Mar 3, 2019
Vanda Yvonne Bayliss, 67, passed away March 3rd, 2019, in Sarasota, Florida after a brief battle with cancer. Her Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 9th, 2019, at the Marina Jacks Private Event Room from 1-3pm.
Ms. Bayliss was born on July 29th, 1951, in London, England. She came to St. Petersburg, Florida with her parents when she was five years old, and graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in 1969. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida in 1972, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1977. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978, and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where she spent the next forty years as an attorney and mediator.
Ms. Bayliss was one of the founding members of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Sarasota Chapter, and she served on the board for the Sarasota County Bar Association. Ms. Bayliss was a fierce advocate for the community often volunteering as a guardian ad litem, and won the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award in 1991. Ms. Bayliss also spent time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and numerous other charitable causes. After retiring, Ms. Bayliss thoroughly enjoyed her time volunteering for Meals on Wheels. In lieu of flowers, Ms. Bayliss' family is asking that you please donate to Meals on Wheels of Sarasota in her honor at or by sending a donation to P.O. Box 178 Sarasota, FL 34230-0178.
Ms. Bayliss was an avid world traveler throughout her life, and backpacked through both Europe and the United States in her younger days. Just before falling ill, Ms. Bayliss traveled to both Morocco and Iceland. She loved to be active, and over the years she spent much of her time playing tennis, golf, kayaking, and skiing. She had a beautiful taste for life and adventure, and her family would like her to be remembered in that way. Ms. Bayliss is survived by her two children, Geoff Wilson and Amber Wilson, her mother, Patricia Dornbush, her three grandchildren, and a fourth grandchild on the way.
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Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2019.
Celebration of Life
01:00 - 03:00 PM
Marina Jacks Private Event Room
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June 14, 2019
i went to school with vanda, dixie hollins hs. i never realized her birthday is just one day after mine. the first day she walked into class our freshman or sophomore year everyone just stared. she was so pretty, and her british accent was so cool. but along with her beauty she was very smart, and kind. 3 years ago i started a picnic for various graduating classes from dixie. vanda attended. i swear she didn't look a day older than our hs years. dixie recently had our 50th hs reunio june 7=9 2019 when we saw her name on the memoriam list we were all shocked. i can truly tell her family everyone there missed her greatly. condolences to her family. linda adams jacobson
linda adams jacobson
March 28, 2019
I was saddened and shocked to hear of Vandas passing. I will always remember her for her zest for life and her remarkable intelligence.
Fredric ("Effie") Sonstein
March 9, 2019
So saddened by Vandas passing. I remember her as such a kind, a funny and generous person. Sending condolences and all our love from England. Cousin Clive, Nikki and family. X
Clive Chapman
March 8, 2019
Just so shocked to hear this news. Vanda was a lovely lady. With my ex wife (her cousin Susan )and my son we stayed with her family a couple of times on our visits to the states and Vanda and Amber came to stay with us in the U.K. She was always so bubbly and happy. My thoughts are with her children at this time. I only wish I could have got to see her one more time. Ray
Ray Purdham
March 8, 2019
Vanda was one of the most wonderful volunteers. She always checked in on all the folks she delivered to friendly out going very compassionate. The love that she brought into the room when she came in was so wonderful. She always had a smile on her face and was always willing to help. My prayers to all her family and friend. She will be forever remembered at Meals on wheels of Sarasota. God has gained an Angel.

All my love Judy Johnston
March 6, 2019
Gail Morris
March 5, 2019
I will miss the wonderful person who touched my heart like no one else has. GOD has left a light on for you Vanda so you can find your way home...Greg
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