JOYCE BAIRD, 81, was born October 2, 1939 to Jess and LaVada Burns in Morenci, Arizona. She passed away in her home in Lordsburg October 29, 2020.
Funeral services will be Wednesday November 4, 2020 at 11 o’clock in the morning at the First Baptist Church in Lordsburg with Rev. Will Lackey officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.
Joyce was raised in Glenwood, Morenci and the Cliff area. She met the love of her life, Merlin Baird and they were united in marriage on May 2, 1959 and lived in the Redrock area. Joyce enjoyed playing music with her sisters and was a big Kitty Wells fan. She actually sounded a lot like her. She also loved bingo and spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jess and LaVada Burns, sisters, Lorene Watkins, LaVern Deacon, Alice Farrell, Mary Baird, Jean Thomson, Betty Bridgford and son Jimmy Baird. Joyce is survived by her husband of 61 years, Merlin Baird; son David Baird (Pam); daughters, Carolyn Whipple (David), Nita Baird, Beth Halloway (Ed); grandkids, Lezley Alba (Zane), Justin Coogle, Megan Whipple, Ashley Silvas, Lindsey Montes (Charles), Devany Whipple, Sarah Baird and Sean Silvas; great grandkids are Jaxon, Zoey, Zander, Eli, Gus and Reese and one brother David Burns.
Pallbearers will be Megan Whipple, Lindsey Montes, Zane Alba, Charles Montes, David Whipple and Justin Coogle. Honorary bearers are Lezley, Ashley, Devany, Sarah, Sean, Jaxon, Zoey, Zander, Eli, Gus and Reese.
Jimmy Louis Baird
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