Elizabeth A. “Betsy’ Baird passed away peacefully at her home in the Pullman Community of Chicago, Illinois, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. She was born in Kokomo on Feb. 2, 1938, and was the eldest of four girls (the four Bs).
She grew up as an Army brat with a well-developed love of travel. Betsy was a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and Indiana University Bloomington, where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She 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, District of Columbia, 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), Colorado Springs, Colorado, Beverly Flanders, Mansfield, Louisiana, and Becky Petrie, Lakeland, Florida; nine 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.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Albright Cemetery, with the Rev. Becky Sundquist officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Hampton Inn.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation in her name be made to the American Cancer Society. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, assisted the family locally with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.