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Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Baird

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Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Baird Obituary
Baird, Elizabeth A. "Betsy" A memorial service celebrating the life of Betsy Baird will be held on Tuesday, December 10th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Historic Pullman Visitors' Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, 60628. Betsy was born in Kokomo, Indiana on February 2, 1938, and passed away peacefully at her Pullman home on Friday, December 6th, after a brief illness. She was the eldest of four girls (The 4 B's) and grew up as an army brat with a well-developed love of travel. She was a graduate of Stephens College (Columbia, MO) and Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Betsy was a free spirit and she lived her life her way. An avid reader she knew a little bit about a lot of things, and did not hesitate to share her knowledge with others. Professionally, she began as an executive secretary including working for the State Department in Washington, DC during the Kennedy Administration. She retired as the news editor of the Institute of Food Technology magazine. She continued her interest in editing by freelancing, including being an editor of many mystery novels. Always a supporter of women in the workplace she was an active member of PEO, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Women in Careers. She moved to the Pullman Community in 1991 and they became her extended family. She learned soon after she moved there that she was distantly related to George Pullman. She loved welcoming people to Pullman, giving tours and participated in many Pullman organizations and events, especially the Garden Club Victorian Tea and the Annual Pullman House Tour. She was also a founding member of "Those Were the Days Radio Players South" and enjoyed performing from radio scripts at community events, Jane Ace being her favorite role. She loved her family and made it a priority to attend the important events in their lives. Betsy is survived by three sisters, Barbara Hauck (Jim) of Colorado Springs, CO, Beverly Flanders of Mansfield LA, and Becky Petrie of Lakeland FL; 9 nieces and nephews; and 10 great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her best friend, Drew Sexton and her special friend, John Artusa. The family would like to thank Ms. Signe Gleason for her help in the past few months and especially for her incredible care and concern for Betsy. The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation in her name be made to the .
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 9, 2013
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