Dec. 9, 1890 Hastings Dakota County Minnesota, USA
Dec. 10, 1990 Vancouver Clark County Washington, USA
Submitted by Tracy Turner
The Oregonian (Portland, OR) Wednesday, December 12, 1990
Stella Baird, longtime Vancouver music teacher and community leader, died in a Vancouver nursing home on Monday, the day after celebrating her 100th birthday.
Mrs. Baird's musical career started when she arrived in Vancouver in 1924 and continued for the next 60 years. She directed the choir and at the same time served as organist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church for 25 years, starting in 1927. She organized her own children's choir, which performed throughout the Northwest for many years.
Vancouver Mayor Bruce Hagensen, who sang in her children's choir, was among more than 60 persons who paid tribute to her at Sunday's birthday party.
She was born in Hastings, Minn., on Dec. 9, 1890. She graduated from McAllister College in Minnesota, and served as public school supervisor of music in Powell, Wyo., near Cody, during World War I. When the devastating flu epidemic hit the area in 1918, she volunteered to serve as a nurse. ''Many a rancher died in her arms during those terrible times,'' her daughter, Mary Jean Dreschler, recalled.
She served as chairwoman of the American Federation of Music Teachers. She also was chairwoman of the music department at Clark College during the early years of the school. Mrs. Baird continued to teach the piano to children until she was 95, and she was a lifelong member of the American Association of University women.
Mrs. Baird is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all in Vancouver.
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, with inurnment at Park Hill Cemetery.
The family suggests remembrances be contributions to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver 98663.