Judith Ann Baird

Judy A. Baird, 70, of rural Tipton County died at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2010 at St. Vincent Inpatient Hospice Care Center in Indianapolis.  She was born in Kokomo on August 16, 1940, the daughter of Glen and Georgia (Hoover) Ryan.  Judy married George Warren Baird on April 11, 1959, and he survives.

Judy was a seamstress all her adult life.  She began work in 1978 as a Tipton Middle School and Washington Elementary School Food Service Employee retiring in 1994.  She began working in 1994 as the Tipton County Soil and Water District office administrator and retired in 2007.

She was an active member of Cicero Christian Church, Joyorama, Soup and Salad Soupmaker, Plum Grove Extension Homemakers, Past Tipton County Extension Homemakers President, Secretary of the Tree City Advisory Committee, Associate Supervisor of the Tipton County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Indiana Association of Soil and Water District.  She was a Lifetime member of Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association, Northern Nut Growers, Lifetime member and Secretary Walnut Council (Indiana Chapter).  She designed and created several Indiana Quilt blocks for Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation District including designing the entire National quilt in 2008.  Judy also served on the Tipton County Indiana Farm Bureau Board of Directors as Secretary.

Judy is survived by her husband, Warren, children Carol Jo (Steve) Christenberry of Atlanta, IN; Gregory Warren (Amy) Baird of Kokomo; and Brent Ryan Baird of Avondale, AZ; grandchildren Stephanie Lynn (Jason) Villars, Laura Beth Christenberry, Kyle Gregory Baird, and Emily Janel Christenberry; step grandchildren Greta, Nate and Owen Fishback and great granddaughters Madilyn Faith Villars and Lia Grace Villars. Also surviving is her mother, Georgia Ryan and brother Garry (Mickey) Ryan and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Glen Ryan, brother Jerry Lee Ryan and nephew Richard Ryan.

She enjoyed traveling with Warren, sewing for all of her family and playing the piano.  She will be remembered always for her kind Christian heart, warm wit, and contagious smile.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday August 23, at the Cicero Christian Church with Revs. Tim Lueking and Kevin Carr presiding and burial to follow in Union Cemetery, Hamilton County.  Visitation will be from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, August 22  at the church and also Monday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial will follow at Union Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Cicero Christian Church, 1715 Stringtown Pike Cicero, IN 46034.

Young-Nichols Funeral Home, Tipton is handling arrangements.