Betty Jean Baird Baumgardner, 89, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Hospice Savannah.
For many decades she was the matriarch of her family. Her legacy is her loving kindness and wisdom. She was a member of the Yorktown Chapter of the DAR, a PEO sister, a member of Richmond Hill United Methodist Church and a past member of Crooks United Methodist Church of Yorktown, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Freda Baird, and grandson, U.S. Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman.
She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, James Baumgardner; cherished sister, Mary Brindle; loving children, Jo Ann Avellone (Bill), Lisa Freeman (Gary) and Chuck Baumgardner (Ruth); beloved grandchildren, Monica Regan (Patrick), James Avellone (Claire), Mary Jean Treese (Mitch), Mary Beth Macias (Michael), Virginia Wiedower (Brandon), Ellen Hembree (Brandon), Emily Baumgardner and Evelyn Baumgardner; and adoring great-grandchildren, Rowdy, Kade, Matthew, Fiona, Luke and William.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1480, Richmond Hill, GA 31324, or the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO Foundation) Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312.
Arrangements are by Richmond Hill Funeral Home, www.coxrichmondhillfh.com.