Helen E. Baird

July 07, 1933 - February 11, 2021

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Sunday, July 18, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel


Sunday, July 18, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel


Helen E. (Keck) Baird, 87, of Kendallville, Indiana, died Thursday, February 11, 2021, at her residence. Having gone through one surgery in September, getting COVID which weakened her health and spirit, and enduring three more surgeries, she suffered immensely.

She was born July 7, 1933, in Albion to Ralph Edward Keck, Sr. and Ruth (Walburn) Keck.

On October 20, 1986¸in Plato she married Donald E. Baird. He preceded her in death on September 3, 2007.

Mrs. Baird has lived in Kendallville for 20 years.

She worked at Bryan Community Hospital in Bryan, Ohio, as a cook and baker. She also did furniture stripping for over 40 years.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Kendallville and was a long-time member of Open Door Community Church in Wolcottville. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.

Surviving are six daughters, Jan (Garey) Bollinger of Shipshewana, Nancy (Ken) Helsel of Pinconning, Michigan, Kelly Ward of Bryan, Ohio, Marie (David) Burch of Bryan, Ohio, Sandy (Albert) Babcock of Stryker, Ohio, and BJ (John) Brown of Sherwood, North Dakota; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; three step children, Teresa (Jeff) Sampson of Sturgis, Michigan, Bobby Jo (Tammy) Baird of Tennessee, and Jane (Don) Ritchie; a step son-in-law, Randall Scott of Ontario; a sister, Phyllis Vanderpool of Wolcottville; a brother, Larry (Nell) Keck of Wawaka; and a sister-in-law, Linda Keck of Kendallville.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Kreider; a stepdaughter, Brenda Scott; a stepson, Michael Baird; a sister, Virginia Schmidt; eight brothers, Byron Keck, Chuck Keck, Cork Keck, Ralph Keck, Jr., Dick Keck, Philip Keck, Wayne Keck and Jay Keck; and her first husband, Burl Clark.

Memorial services are Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville. Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Open Door Community Church in Wolcottville.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

John Kent
February 27th, 2021 2:56am
Tampa, FL

So sorry to hear of Helen's passing. A member of one of the greatest family's I've ever known. My condolences to all of them.

Charlotte Kays
February 25th, 2021 6:31pm
Bryan, Ohio

Some of my memories of Helen Baird... She was a very special person. Very special! If she saw someone in need, she reached out to them, whether she knew them or not. She comforted those who needed comforting, those who needed to be put on the right track, and those who just needed to be jerked around verbally and put on the right way...especially the teenagers. She loved kids. She was sometimes ornery, and loved to pick on some of the men who came through the kitchen, and they passed it right back! She and I would come in early, and I would put her hair up. She was fun to work with. We all had bad days. Sometimes when she was down, I would go to her house and help her do what she had to do at that time, and we would talk about whatever it was. One time oh, she was doing laundry; I never saw that many socks in one big basket at one time! Sometimes we would go "junking" in the evening, just to see who was throwing away what. She was a wonderful cook. Up until the time that she got to where she just couldn't do it anymore, she cooked for an elderly gentleman who loved Helen's special pie that she made just for him every week. I can't remember the name of it. Helen Baird was a very VERY special person, who will have a special star in her crown. Love ya, lady!

Judy Burlew
February 18th, 2021 9:36pm

So sorry for your loss. I have alot of good memories of aunt Helen. Love Judy

Kitty & Ed Miller
February 17th, 2021 8:21pm

To Helen's family ,your mom was loved by so many..She was so blessed to have so many friend's and family in her life..She will be missed..so sorry for your loss..💜💜💜

Star Fetter
February 16th, 2021 7:32pm

Kelly, so sorry to hear about your Mom. What a wonderful lady! I've know Helen for 35 yrs and she always had a smile when she came in the office. She was a giving person and will be missed. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

Kristie Briggs
February 15th, 2021 12:16pm
Defiance, Ohio

Kelly, May wonderful memories of your mom help to fill the hole in your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dianna and Jeff Wilson
February 15th, 2021 1:15am
Hudson, In.

So sorry for your loss. Alot of fond memories of Helen.As far back as grade school. Prayers for all of you.

Betty Jean Clark Davies
February 14th, 2021 10:40pm
Fort Wayne IN

We all, will miss your Mother. She was a wonderful aunt to many. She loved her family. Hugs sent to the ones close to her.

Trisha Lalancette
February 14th, 2021 12:05pm

To Helen’s Loved Ones, please accept my sincere condolences. Love, comfort and peace to you all.

The Brunner Family
February 14th, 2021 1:21am
Bryan, Ohio

Helen was a super sweet lady, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a great baker and was know for her wonderful pies. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Nick and Fay Hageman
February 13th, 2021 11:02pm

We are thinking of you during these difficult times, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob Smith
February 13th, 2021 7:39pm
Salinas, Ca

My parents were Carl and Annella Smith. I am sorry for your loss I am praying for your family at this sad loss to your family

Sara Gotshall
February 13th, 2021 2:34pm

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this very difficult time.

Pamela Kammerer
February 13th, 2021 3:15am

So sorry for your loss. Helen was a wonderful person. Your family will be in our prayers.

Nancv Belcher
February 13th, 2021 1:48am
Albion, IN

“Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart, so sorry for your loss

Linda Keck
February 13th, 2021 12:54am

So sorry for your loss. Hugs an prayers for you all!! Love you

Steve and Dona Mossburg
February 13th, 2021 12:27am

So sorry for your loss. Helen was a great lady with a big heart. We know she sure went through a lot. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.