In Loving Memory Of
Lynda Ann Baily
May 8, 1944 ~ January 20, 2018
Age 73 Years
Lynda Ann Baily (Baldwin), 73, succumbed to an extremely rare and aggressive condition exacerbated by her compromised immune system due to ongoing treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at Hamiota District Palliative Care.
Born May 8, 1944, she was the youngest of seven children to be raised on the family farm just outside of Reston, MB. Growing up she participated in fastball, figure skating and many of the other activities that kept families busy in the community and on the farm.
After high school, Lynda moved to Brandon to become a Registered Nurse, eventually working in the surgical unit at Brandon General Hospital. During this time she made many lifelong friends. Some of them embarked on travels with her to various countries in Europe and even a road trip to California.
In 1971 she married Doyle Baily and moved to his farm near Oak River where they started a family and welcomed two daughters into their lives. She was an active member of the community and a strong supporter of her kids and their various activities and interests.
She was a gifted caregiver and a blessing to many that crossed her path.
She was selfless and looked out for others, whether it was offering a home-cooked meal, vegetables from her garden, a visit or even a phone call.
Lynda was an exceptional cook, famous for her home-baked bread, ground from the wheat that they grew on their own land; and for “Grandma corn” which she prepared from their vast corn patch.
Her pies were “deee-licious” and she made sure she had everyone’s favourite salad at holiday gatherings even if it meant there would be six on the table.
She shared her dinner table with some very special souls over the years, creating treasured memories and friendships.
She enjoyed watching the prairie sunset from her home on the farm. She appreciated quiet moments; laughter; a good cup of coffee, made even better if enjoyed with a good friend; planting her garden, watching it grow, harvesting and sharing the bounty; feeding hummingbirds; and spending time with family.
She had a sparkle in her eye that only grew bigger and brighter with the arrival of her five grandchildren. Lynda was always quite entertaining, but even her daughters saw new depths of her imagination, creativity and love when it came to her grandkids.
When they were together their laughter was more plentiful, and seemed to come from their toes, spilling over to anyone that could hear it.
To say she was mischievous might be an understatement. Her wit and sense of humour kept everyone on their toes and her grandchildren often found themselves in the middle of one of her curious adventures.
Even though her body began to fail her, her faith and perseverance did not. Through her 20-year battle with cancer, she showed dignity and grace and would often find her own patient in a neighbouring hospital bed to care for and worry about. No matter how sick she was she always found time to ask how others were doing.
She was a beautiful soul and our lives have been forever blessed by her presence.
Lynda leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband Doyle; daughters Kristi Baily (Don Samker) and Tracy (Corey) McGillis; grandchildren Reagan, Kaia, Walker, Sawyer, Shraya; her sisters Enid Hall and Fay Baldwin; Karen Baily, Mark Baily; other special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Lynda was predeceased by father, Albert Victor (1962); brother Keith (1969); sister Doreen (1975); brother Melvin (Peter) (2001); mother Dorothy Alice (2009); and sister Mary (2010); special friend and sister-in-law Sharon (2013).
Services were held on Friday, January 26th, 2018 with interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon, MB at 10:30am and a service at the Oak River United Church, Oak River, MB at 2:00pm. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Lynda’s memory to the Riverdale Health Centre Rehabilitation Unit, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to the Hamiota District Health Centre Palliative Care Program, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
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Riverdale Health Centre Rehabilitation Unit
512 Quebec St, Rivers MB R0K 1X0
Hamiota District Health Centre Palliative Care Program
c/o Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0, Hamiota MB R0M 0T0