Cheryl McGraw Baird, after battling Alzheimer's disease since February 2009, peacefully joined the Lord on December 20, 2013 at the age of 62.
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Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Cheryl attended Arizona State University, where she majored in business. She enjoyed a successful career, retiring from First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo) as VP of Human Resources.
Cheryl was passionate about experiencing all that life had to offer, including traveling the world and, as a surprise to many, adventure sports. During her world travels with her husband and family along with several years living in Germany, she spent much time exploring the sites and adventures offered by visiting foreign places. Earlier in life, she enjoyed water and snow skiing, scuba diving, performance driving and competitive sailing, once placing 3rd in class at the national regatta in Annapolis, MD. Christmas was a very special time for her and she delighted in sharing this time with family. Her soul was kind, energetic and pure, and she will be greatly missed by those she left behind.
Cheryl was predeceased in death by her father, Roy McGraw; mother, Wanda McGraw; and mother-in-law, Doris Baird. She is survived by her husband, Donald Baird; stepchildren, Drew Baird and wife Tracey and Jayson Baird, all of Houston; grandson Holt Baird of Houston; nephew Steven Karp and wife Michelle of Houston; and siblings, Ron McGraw of Globe, AZ, Pam Reed and Gary McGraw, both of Gilbert, AZ.
Special thanks to the staff and management of The Abbey at Westminster Plaza for the care bestowed on Cheryl during her residency.
A memorial service celebrating Cheryl's life will be held Monday, January 6th at 2:00pm at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Cheryl's name to the
of Houston and Southeast TX.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014