Barbara Baird

BAIRD – Barbara Mary Baird was born in Gadsby, AB on May 14, 1921 to John and Harriett (“Hattie”) Bradey. Barbara had three brothers “Kenneth” and “Ross” who both passed away in 1920 with scarlet fever and “Charles” who passed away in 1995. Barbara grew up in Gadsby leaving in 1939 to go to work for Mr. Harry Webster in the Post Office at Red Willow, AB. While working for Mr. Webster she met Robert (“Bob”) Baird whom she married on Feb. 16, 1942 in Camrose, AB. They had two children, “Laurie” and “Suzanne”. Bob and Barbara farmed in Red Willow until they moved to Camrose in 1972. During her years in Red Willow, Barbara was secretary for the “Red Willow Cemetery Club”, an avid curler and secretary for the “Red Willow Curling Club”, a member and secretary of the “Red Willow Ladies Aid” and taught Sunday School until the church services in Red Willow ceased in 1968. In 1967 Barbara took over the Post Office in Red Willow and was “Postmistress” until 1972 when they moved to Camrose. Bob and Barbara were married for 55 years. Bob passed away in 1997. Barbara was an avid sports fan and music lover. Barbara suffered from glaucoma for many years and in 1997 was declared legally blind. At that point and in the years to come she always said “Suzanne’s my eyes”. Barbara remained in her home until November 2004 when she moved to her senior apartment at “Parkview Place”. In November 2007 she was no longer able to stay in her apartment and was moved to St. Mary’s Hospital awaiting placement in Long Term Care. She stayed at St. Mary’s Hospital from November, 2007 to the day of her passing. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Robert “Bob”, and her three brothers Kenneth, Ross, and Charles. She is survived by her daughter Suzanne, her son Laurie (Dianne), two grandsons Alan and Kevin, her sisters-in-law Ruby Bradey and Margaret McCorkindale and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2008 from the Burgar Memorial Chapel with Rev. Brian Hunter (St. Mary’s Hospital pastoral care) officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date in the Red Willow Cemetery. Memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to the C.N.I.B., the Alzheimer Society, St. Mary’s Hospital, or Camrose and District Home Care. To send condolences, please visit Burgar Funeral Home Camrose in care of arrangements. “Dedicated service since 1906”

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