Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer Conger


Lura Mae (Bayless) Schoettmer Conger, 89, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born May 26, 1927, in Greensburg to Claudis Earl Bayless and Leota Pearl (Hart) Bayless.

She married Lawrence B. “Larry” Schoettmer on April 6, 1947, at First Christian Church in Greensburg. He preceded her in death May 6, 2014.

She then married Robert D. Conger on Jan. 25, 2015, at the Indiana Masonic Home; he survives. She was a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, where she received her bachelor of science in education in 1969 and her masters in education in 1971. She had been an elementary educator for the Franklin Community School Corp., having taught from 1969 to 1971 at Southside Elementary School and from 1971 until her retirement in 1994 at Northwood Elementary School.

She was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, National Educators Association, Johnson County Retired Teachers Association, and an alumni of Leadership Johnson County. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and members of Ransford Chapter #605 and Franklin Chapter #439. She was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Greensburg and Delta Theta Tau Sorority in Columbus.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus where she was a former member of the bell choir, a member of the chancel choir, and past president of the women’s council. She enjoyed playing tennis.

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Conger of Franklin; two daughters, Mary Katherine “Kay” Rogers (David) of Franklin and Dr. Nancy Louise Mussler (Kurt) of Rensselaer; six grandchildren, Anya McConnell (Clay) of Franklin, Kyle Rogers (Katie) of Whiteland, Afton Ault (Dennis Losey) of Princes’ Lakes, Aaron Rogers of Franklin, Bryan Bayly of Indianapolis and Tyler Bayly of Denver, Colorado; a great-grandchild, Haley Rogers; several nieces, nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence B. “Larry” Schoettmer; brothers, William Earl Bayless and Clarence Henderson Bayless; and sisters, Leota Ruth Buell, Opal Lucille Cruser and Vesta Helen Barnard.

The Rev. Cleon Wright will conduct a service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ransford Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin where an Order of the Eastern Star service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the Indiana Masonic Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or at

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Information: 317-738-0202.