Betty M. Baird, 99, of Cabot (formerly of Leechburg), passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot.
A daughter of the late John Baird and Elsie May (Reasinger) Baird, she was born on October 17, 1920 in Indiana, PA.
Betty graduated from Leechburg Area High School in 1938 then attended Muskingham College for a year before earning her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 1942. She was a Home Economics teacher for 35 ½ years having taught at Blairsville, Highlands and Valley High Schools before retiring in June 1978. She particularly liked teaching the boys once the Home Economics program was opened to them for enrollment. While at Blairsville, she started the first cafeteria lunch program by making soup and sandwiches with the help of the Principal and senior students who would volunteer.
Betty was a member of the Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, where she served on the Mission Committee for many years. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International in which she delighted at the camaraderie and friendships she made. She enjoyed baking, shopping and spending time with her family, especially her great nephews.
Survivors include two nieces, Mary Beth Yeamans (John) of New Kensington, Tracey Baird of Clarion; a nephew, Scott Baird (Lois) of Fredericksburg, VA; and five great nephews, Matthew Yeamans (Morganne), Eric Yeamans, Christopher Baird, Nicholas Baird and Adam Baird.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert J. Baird; her sister, Agnes Tidd; and a nephew, Robert Baird.
A private family visitation will be held at the Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051) followed by funeral ceremonies with Rev. Gary J. Lyon officiating. Private interment will be made at Evergreen Cemetery in Gilpin Township.
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