March 30, 1918 - Dec. 31, 2017
Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Baird, daughter of Chet and Jessie Bullard, of Bandon, was born March 30, 1918, and died of natural causes Dec. 31, 2017.
She was a lifelong native of Bandon, living most of her young life in the family home located on the banks of the Coquille River, just east of Bullards Bridge. Many of her fond childhood memories centered around family gatherings at the Hamblock/Bullard homestead located on the property now known as Bullards Beach State Park. She attended elementary school at the old Prosper schoolhouse and, upon graduating from Bandon High School in 1936, she attended beauty school in Medford with her close friend, Romalou Beckham Giles. They were in Medford at the time of the 1936 Bandon Fire.
Betty married Ray Baird (also a Bandon native) in 1940, and together they raised two daughters, Suzanne and Sally. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for Bandon’s Good Neighbors program. Betty loved visits from her family and friends, was an avid lifelong golfer and played the game until she turned 90, whereupon her interest for the game had to settle for the Golf Channel. She had a soft spot for all animals, and she could put most of her family under the table when it came to crossword puzzles, playing 10 bingo cards at a time, and telling a funny joke. To her liking, she didn’t travel much, and (with reference to her love of hometown Bandon) was known to say, “Why would I want to go anywhere else?”
Upon her husband Ray’s death in 1974, she remained in their family home in Bandon until age 96, whereupon she moved to Pacific View Senior Assisted Living in Bandon. She continued to enjoy her room with the view of the ocean, lighthouse, Coquille River and her family’s old homestead property until the end.
Betty is survived by her loving family, including her two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Robert Webber and Sally and John Johnston; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Bullard Stephenson; sister-in-law, Mrs. Bud “Claire” Baird; first cousin, John Fogle; additional cousins; nieces; and nephews.
At her request, a memorial service will not be held. Donations may be made to Bandon Historical Society Museum or Coos County Animal Shelter.
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