Nora Helen <I>Gibbs</I> Baum

Nora Helen Gibbs Baum

Birth
Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Apr 1965 (aged 73)
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 31924573 · View Source
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Nora Helen Gibbs was born on September 17, 1891 in Riola, Illinois near Indianola, Carroll Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. She was the third child and first daughter of Albert Hiram Gibbs and Mary Catherine Dye Gibbs. Her brothers were Fred and Wilbur Gibbs. A sister, Mary "Addie" Gibbs was born in 1893. The family farmed and owned a mercantile (grocery/general store) in Indianola and moved to town on North Street when Nora was young. She eloped with and married Chester M. Baum on Valentine's Day, 1909. She was 17 years old.

Nora and Ches would become the parents of three children, Helen, Kathryn and Win. Their marriage spanned over 50 years and was filled with happiness and success. Chester was a cattle man, business owner and farmer who was well known and prosperous. They moved to Danville, Illinois in 1940 and built a home on Swisher Avenue where they would live out the rest of their lives. They also enjoyed a home in South Florida during the cold Illinois winters. Nora's life was not without sadness. She was devoted to her mother who died in 1914 when Nora was only 23. She also lost her only son, Win, to an accident on his horse when he was 20. A grand daughter, Mary Kathryn Jones, succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 4. These trials were difficult but her resilient and kind spirit would not be diminished.

Nora Baum was my grandmother, friend and playmate. I delighted in being with her and loved her deeply. We spent hours playing Roy Rogers and Dale Evans together, swinging on the neighbors bench swing and playing cards. She never seemed to tire of me and never had a cross word. I remember that my grandfather owned a full lot across the street from the house which was Nora's garden. She grew sweet corn, tomatoes and a variety of vegetables every year until she had a stroke in 1963. My dear "Noie" died on April 8, 1965. A friend of mine, Tom Abell, recounted a time when he was a boy in Danville and he saw my grandmother. He said that her big Chrysler Imperial pulled in front of Carson's Pharmacy. The door opened and my grandmother stepped out. Tom said that he was so impressed with the elegant lady. He just stood there and stared. She walked up to him and said "Aren't you Tommy Abell? My grandson Robby tells me that you are such a nice boy!" He stammered something calling her Mrs. Baum to which she replied, "Just call me Noie." He told me that he would never forget that day for the rest of his life and that she was the only "true lady" that he ever met. She loved life and her family. She was one of the most compassionate people that I have known.


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  • Created by: Robert Jones
  • Added: 3 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31924573
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nora Helen Gibbs Baum (17 Sep 1891–8 Apr 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31924573, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Robert Jones (contributor 46993278) .