|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1907|
|Death: ||Mar. 31, 2005|
BALDWIN Lila Obituary 2005
Publ: Tuesday, 5 Apr 2005; Page B4; Kalamazoo Gazette; Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI
Lila M. Baldwin
July 28, 1907 - March 31, 2005
Date of visitation: April 7, 2005
Time of visitation: 6:00 PM
Date of service: April 8, 2005
Time of service: 10:00 AM
Funeral home: RDMG Life Story Funeral Homes - Plainwell Chapel
Lila M. Baldwin was a remarkable woman with an unquenchable energy and love for life. Whether she was working, raising her sons, practicing her faith or spoiling her grandchildren, Lila put her heart into everything she did.
The year was 1907 and America was in a period of great change. The American Industrial Revolution attracted people from across the country and around the globe to the newly thriving cities where jobs were plentiful. Many farmers left their fields to take part in the rapidly developing manufacturing economy. However, Ulric and Anna (Keith) Brown were content living on their farm in Gun Plain Township, Michigan. On July 28, 1907, they were delighted with the birth of their first child, daughter Lila, who was born at home on their family farm. She was later joined by her two sisters: Fannie and Francis (who tragically died when she was four).
Lila spent her growing up years in the small farming community of GunPlain Township, where her parents both ran the farm, raising crops and later turkeys. People would come from miles around to buy their fresh turkeys for the holidays. Along with her two sisters, Lila grew up with an appreciation for hard work. She and her father fostered a close relationship and she was said to be a "Daddy's Girl." In fact, Lila would rather be out working with her dad in the fields, driving the horse and plow (since they didn't own a tractor), than be inside doing housework. Her absolutely favorite chore, however, was tending to the horses, which she loved dearly.
Aside from being a hard worker, Lila was also a very bright girl and excelled in her studies throughout her academic career. She attended the one-room schoolhouse called Brophy School, which was located across the street from their farm. Once in high school, Lila would stay with relatives in town during the week in order to attended Plainwell High School. After graduating in 1923, at the age of sixteen, Lila went on to attend Western Michigan Normal College (now known as Western Michigan University), where she earned her teaching certificate. Soon thereafter, she began her teaching career at a school north of Martin and she enjoyed her leisure drive to work every day in her Model T Ford.
Farm life afforded Lila more than just the appreciation of hard work; it also led her to the love of her life. She had the pleasure of growing up with the neighbor boy, Kenneth Baldwin, who lived on the farm next to them. Their love for each other developed and grew over the years and they were happily married on July 20, 1928. After marrying, Lila continued teaching until the birth of their first child, son Walter, in 1930, followed by their second son, Robert, in 1934. The couple soon built their own home on Marsh Road in 1939, and borrowed $900 for the mortgage. Throughout her life, Lila never lived more than five miles from her birth home; it was a place that held many warm memories for her.
A devoted mother, Lila loved being at home with her sons. Her family always came first and she would do anything for them.
She was an excellent cook and through the years she recorded many of her fabulous recipes, which is truly a cherished family heirloom. Lila was a woman of many talents and skills. She enjoyed being involved with 4H and taught a class on homemaking to the girls. In addition, she was highly proficient at needlepoint and would lovingly knit and crochet precious baby clothes for her family. Later in life, Lila and Ken would spend their winters doing missionary work on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Here Lila also generously made baby clothes for the Indian babies. In her quite moments, she enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano. Sadly, in 1991, Lila lost her beloved husband Ken and then made the decision to move to the William Crispe House.
A woman of immense faith, Lila embodied the true Christian spirit with her kind, generous personality and her strong sense of conviction. She was a charter member of the Wayside Church and was very active in its many activities. Sometime later, Lila joined the First Baptist Church of Plainwell, where she once again generously gave of her time and talents.
People often consider themselves blessed by the many events of their lives – sharing love with a spouse, caring for children, experiencing new adventures every day. Lila was one of these special people. Through her warmth and generosity, she exemplified all the wonderful things that a wife, mother and grandmother should be. Lila will be deeply missed and frequently remembered.
Lila M. Baldwin, age 97 of Plainwell, MI, died on Tuesday, March 31 ,2005, at Life Care Nursing Center of Plainwell. Members of Lila's family include her sons and their spouses: Walter and Donna Kay Baldwin of Monroe NC, Robert and Barbara Baldwin of El Paso TX; sister, Fannie and Bill Andrews of Plainwell; grandsons: Matthew (Lola) Baldwin, Donald (Kris) Baldwin; granddaughters: Ginger (Mike) Pollard, Beth Baldwin, Melody (Keith) Hibbard, Bonnie (Robert) Horneman, Brenda (Craig) Woods; great grandsons: Brandon and Jordan Hibbard and Benjamin Baldwin; great granddaughters: Jessica Hibbard, Katherine and Anna Woods, Stacey and Nikky Jo Baldwin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Baldwin.
Learn more about Lila, view her Life Story film, and visit with her family and friends on Thursday, April 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the RDMG Life Story Funeral Home, Plainwell Chapel. Funeral services will be held10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, at the same location. Please visit Lila's memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a favorite memory, order flowers or make a memorial contribution to the Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Uric Willis Brown (1878 - 1952)
Anna Keith Brown (1881 - 1955)
Kenneth C Baldwin (1905 - 1991)
Lila Marie Brown Baldwin (1907 - 2005)
Frances Louise Brown (1911 - 1916)*
Created by: Marcia Shears
Record added: Jul 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93291166