Jessie (Cissy) Baldwin Coward died February 4, 2013, of natural causes at a local, private Nursing Home. Jessie was born in West Columbia, SC, March 17, 1930, daughter of Atticus Hagood Baldwin and Jessie Mae Mathews Baldwin. After her mother's death her father married Sarah Elizabeth Smith who raised Jessie and four other sisters. Mrs. Coward graduated from Dreher High School in Columbia in 1948. She married Robert E. (Bob) Coward on May 13, 1950. They fostered two children; Robert, Jr. of Tempe, AZ and Susan Coward Allen of Valencia, PA. She studied at the University of South Carolina and Draughns Business College before joining Bob in his careers with the Air Force, Government Civil Service and the Aerospace Industry. They lived in many places including 24 homes and a tour in Germany. Bob also served in Vietnam. Jessie was an active volunteer with both Girl and Boy Scout programs in Albuquerque, NM, Panama City, FL, and Grand Forks, ND. She served as a Technical Services Director for the Wagon Wheel Council in Colorado Springs, CO. She was a long-time member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and The Retired Enlisted Auxiliary. The walls of many homes are graced by the pictures and cross-stitching items that she manufactured, matted and framed in her home shop. She loved her Lionel Model Train collection along with the many special collections for her home, family, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and step-mother; and sisters, Ms. Cynthia Baldwin of Chester, IL and Mrs. Sara Jean Capps of Gulfport, MS. Surviving family members include her husband Robert, son Robert Jr., daughter Susan, sisters, Mrs. Elsie Bentz of Due West, SC, Mrs. Cecille Erwin of Rock Hill, SC, and Mrs. Nancy Stuckey of Pinopolis, SC; granddaughters Cheri Brown and Candace Rotert, grandson, Dean Allen, great-grandsons, Jacob Rotert and Hudson Rotert, great-granddaughters, Riannah Brown, Sydney Allen, Kayleigh Betzer, Ava Rotert, and Emma Rotert. No local services. Interment of remains will be provided at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Due West, SC later this Summer. Memorials may be sent to the Girl Scouts of America, 3535 Parmorore Village Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80917.
Published in The Gazette from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013