|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1911|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 2008|
Nellie K. Baldwin
Nellie Kyle Baldwin, 96, of Atascosa, Texas passed away and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 30, 2008. She is survived by her sister Katherine Johnson, two sons, Robert Glyn Baldwin and wife Peggy and John Roy Baldwin and wife Bonnie. She has six grandchildren, Robert (Bob) Baldwin, wife Linda, Karen Spears, Kathy Sims and Husband Steve, Bryan Baldwin, Brenda Baldwin, and Bradley Baldwin and wife Vivian, fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. She was born in Joaquin, Texas on September 4, 1911 and was preceded in death by her husband Benny W. Baldwin, brothers, Sid, Bunk, Bobby and Henry Kyle. She was very intelligent and loved to read. She could also out fish most men. She loved to travel, which she did on many occasions. During World War II, she supported the war effort at Kelly Field by repairing B-25 aircraft gun turrets, and again during the Korean conflict, was called back to overhaul/repair aircraft components. She was dedicated and received recognition on many occasions for service to our great country that exceeded that which would be considered acceptable performance. She was a loving, caring mother, grandmother and yes, even mother-in-law. She was always there when needed. She lived a long, fulfilled life and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. SERVICES A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. A service will be held on Thursday at 3:00 PM at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South with Rev. Larry Scharmann officiating.
Posted 9-4-2008 in the San Antonio Express-News
Baldwin served as a ‘Rosie the Riveter' during World War II
Amy Dorsett - Express-News
Despite her formal education ending after eighth grade, Nellie Baldwin was a woman who could figure things out - from repairing tractors and building cabinets to solving complicated math problems.
Baldwin, who lived in the small town of Atascosa on the southwest side of Bexar County, died Saturday from natural causes. She would have been 97 today.
Born deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas, Baldwin headed to San Antonio with her husband and two sons during the Depression for work.
During World War II, Baldwin entered the workforce, in a "Rosie the Riveter"-type job, repairing aircraft components at Kelly Field, later known as Kelly AFB.
After the war, the family bought about 100 acres in Atascosa and began farming vegetables and raising livestock.
John Baldwin, Nellie Baldwin's younger son, said he grew up watching his mother's handiness.
"She could do anything. On my dad's ranch, the tractor would quit working and she'd be the one to fix it," he said, adding his mother also built her bathroom cabinets and vanity. "You couldn't tell a professional carpenter didn't do it."
During the Korean War, Nellie Baldwin was asked to return to Kelly to take on a job similar to the one during World War II.
"She spent her last years in quality control. She was tough. She didn't accept things that were marginal, even though sending things back to men to redo was unpopular in those days," John Baldwin said. "She stayed on after the war, until her retirement from the civil service."
John Baldwin said his mother enjoyed fishing - she usually outfished the men - and was a voracious reader.
Nellie Baldwin was able to live in the house she and her husband built on the farm until her death, a promise her sons made to her, John Baldwin said, adding that he thinks he knows the secret of his mother's long life.
"She didn't smoke, drink or cuss. She ate well and didn't abuse her health in any way," he said. "It was good, clean living, I guess."
Robert Edward Kyle (1875 - 1941)
Mary Ally Shelton Kyle (1892 - 1974)
Bennie Walker Baldwin (1902 - 2001)
Mission Burial Park South
Created by: Bob Baldwin
Record added: Jan 04, 2009
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Thinking of you and missing you Granny. With so much love...|
Added: Jan. 26, 2014