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LouDean Carter Baird December 18, 1932 - May 19, 2021

LouDean Carter Baird, after living an active and loving life, passed away at the age of 88 on May 19th, 2021.  She was born on December 18, 1932 to Jesse Willmore Carter and Sadie Kershaw Carter, in Preston, Idaho.  She grew up in a loving family circle close to her siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandpa nearby, who were some of he first settlers in Idaho. She teased that she was ‘a really big deal’ if you asked about it.

She married George C. Baird, the love of her life, in 1953.  She said she fell in love because he was such a great dancer, he said for him it was love at first sight.   Their family grew to include six children and many dear friends.  Their life was full of fun, laughter and lots of adventuring. They skied, raised horses, grew gardens, camped, boated, and traveled far and wide together. They used to joke that they had driven the distance to the moon and back. There were many unplanned adventures in each trip and they good humoredly switched from plan A to plan B to plan F-2, F-3, etc. LouDean enthusiastically made homes with George from Island Park, to Preston to Centerville to Tempe to Oklahoma City, to Boise, New Meadows, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to Washington, D.C., and many places in between as they transferred here and there for work.  She loved making new friends and hosting loved ones wherever they lived. LouDean immersed herself in every new culture, exploring and learning all she could about each place they lived.

She worked for many years as a bookkeeper and had a quick mind and sense of humor.  She was a voracious reader and it made for interesting conversation. She was well versed in politics and was a true patriot.  She loved history, life stories and reading the dictionary. She loved words and using them for talking to anyone, she never met a stranger. She learned from her mother to love plants, especially flowers, they were wonderful and obedient listeners.   Food was home-cooked and from scratch, no recipe required and the most effective way to express love. Everyone was very well fed.  She was a wonderful seamstress, quilter and believed that the backside of needlework should look as good as the front. Pets were an honored part of the family, occupying the middle of the bed, front seat of the car and licking the biggest ice cream cone. Her friends would joke that their idea of going to heaven would be to become one of Lou’s pets.  LouDean had deep roots and faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served faithfully. She was a fine example of charity, and service to others.

Eventually their lives filled with grandchildren who became the true joy and focus of her life, she saw the very best in them and her pride and belief gave them something to strive toward.  She is deeply loved by each one.

LouDean was preceded in death by George C Baird (husband); Jesse Willmore Carter (father); Sadie Kershaw Carter (mother); Scott K Carter (brother); Jessie W K Carter (sister); Doris K Wing (sister); Dora K Talbot (sister) and Myrna K Low (sister).

She is survived by her sister Kliss Choules (Hagerman, ID), her children George E. (Kathy); Ronald L.; Mark (Sharon); Becky Baird Koyle (DeVon); Bret (Lorraine) and Susan Blaser (Jim); and her grandchildren Jason (Erin); Tonya Rapp (Rob); Nick (Sarah); Jake (Ann Marie); Amber Scott-Wilson (Michael); April Gatsby; Levi Malvich; Chelsea Simpson; Jesse; Rebecca; Mark Jr.; Alex; Jennifer Henke; Jamie Galego (Nate); Dan (Elizabeth); Scott (Hilary); Christine Wood (Michael); Melissa Davies (Karl); Shaun Blaser (Courtney); Ryan Blaser; Matthew Blaser (Miranda); Travis Blaser (Jayde); Cody Blaser (Alexis) and many beloved great grandchildren.

A public visitation will be held, 10:30 am, Friday, May 28, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5900 Castle Dr., Boise, with a funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. A private interment will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. To watch the funeral service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/556340067

A public visitation will be held, 10:30 am, Friday, May 28, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5900 Castle Dr., Boise, with a funeral service beginning at 11:00 am. A private interment will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

To watch the funeral service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/556340067

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    Jody Hadley says

    I loved your mom, we had so much fun together as families. She was a very special person, we had great stories of all our trips, I will love & cherish all our memories. Rest In Peace Lou.

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      Becky says

      Thanks Jody. Mom and Dad sure loved their friendship with you and Dale.

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    Teri (Wardle) Van Dyck says

    Oh how I love Sister Baird She was one of my Young Women leaders back in the 22nd Ward. She taught me how to make homemade English Toffee and was a beautiful example of Christlike love. She was funny, told great stories and was just an absolutely lovely woman. She was a treasure!

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    Greg prince says

    Aunt Lou was so much fun to be around. As a boy she made me feel safe as we took the snow cat up the mountain to the radar site Utah. To me it was a trip to the top of the world and I didn’t think we would ever get back. She alway told great stories. Had an infectious laugh and I will always be grateful for the trip she and uncle George made to Provo for my mother’s services

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    Kelly Nash says

    To the Baird Family and Friends

    What fond memories we cherish of Lou & George, our adopted and beloved Aunt and Uncle. LouDean was one of the most kind, loving and charitable Spirits we have ever been privileged to know. Firm in her convictions and resolve, yet tolerant and welcoming to all, she was a standard bearer for us. Her humor and patience with every oddity of life kept us smiling, as she regaled us with story after story of life and its many adventures. She and George could always find humor in any situation, and such were countless. As youth, we loved the skiing, waterskiing/boating, camping, horseback riding, rodeo and numerous other fun filled adventures with your family. As parents ourselves, we have tried to model their zeal for life, quest for fun, commitment to family and love towards all. Oh, what a reunion she is having with George and so many loved ones beyond the veil. May God bless all of you as we celebrate her wonderful life (and her willingness to share some of it with us)! Love Kelly & Karen Nash

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