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 Matilda Veronica Baird

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Matilda Veronica Baird

  • Birth 10 Mar 1919 Melcher-Dallas, Marion County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 13 Jun 2010 Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Body donated to medical science, Specifically: Vanderbilt Anatomical Gift Program
  • Memorial ID 85149118

Matilda Veronica Baird died on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Spring Meadows Health Care Center with her son at her side. She was a devoted Catholic, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as a wonderful friend.

She will be honored in a vigil service at 7 pm in the chapel conducted by Deacon Dominick Azzarra. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 pm on Saturday June 19 in the main church. Celebrant will be Reverend Theophilus Ebulueme with Deacon Azzarra the homilist.

In accordance with her wishes, Matilda's remains were donated to the Vanderbilt Anatomical Gift Program. Interment will take place at some time in the future.

Matilda was born in Melcher, Iowa on March 10, 1919.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen Grgurich and Marie Dernovich, and four siblings, Matthew, Cecil, and Paul Grgurich, and Bertha Bubon.
Her only daughter, Michele Hatcher died on March 13, 2010.

She is survived by her son Stephen and his wife Susan, Clarksville, and son-in-law Donald Hatcher, Sumter, SC. Five granddaughters Catharine (Russell) Humphrey, Franklin, TN; Allison Baird & Josh Smith, Euless, TX; Stephanie H (Rick) Blackmon, Columbia, SC; Jessica Baird, Clarksville, TN; and Adrienne Hatcher, Charleston, SC. Matilda has two great grandsons, Jack Smith and Everett Humphrey.

Matilda grew up during the Great Depression and joined the Women's Auxillary Army Corps on September 1, 1943. She held positions as a telephone operator and accounts clerk and was augmented into the Women's Army Corps before her separation on December 7, 1945.

The Baird family arrived in Clarksville when William Baird was assigned to the 11th Airborne in 1955. After a brief time in Germany, Matilda, Stephen, & Michele returned to Clarksville and have called it home since then.

Matilda worked for the 101st Division Chaplain at Fort Campbell as the Catholic Director of Religious Education. She worked at Morgan Contractors for several years and retired from Austin Peay State University. She served as the Secretary in the Maintenance Department while holding a second job at Montgomery Ward.

In addition to her family, the Catholic Church was her life and she is remembered for the time spent on her hands and knees scrubbing floors, keeping the chapel and the church spotless.

Published in The Leaf Chronicle on June 16, 2010

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  • Created by: M G Slade
  • Added: 18 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85149118
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matilda Veronica Baird (10 Mar 1919–13 Jun 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85149118, ; Maintained by M G Slade (contributor 47169935) Body donated to medical science, who reports a Vanderbilt Anatomical Gift Program.