Susan Denise Baird
CHATHAM, IL - Susan Denise Baird, "Sweet Potato", 10 years old, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at St. John's Hospital Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center surrounded by her loved ones.
Susan was born to William Trevor Baird and Jennifer Ketchum Baird on July 22, 2003.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert G. Bowen, and great-grandmother, Patricia E. Kilby.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her father, William Trevor Baird; mother, Jennifer Ketchum Baird (companion, Ken Duffy); brother, William Baird; grandparents, Terry and Marla Baird of Chatham, Ill., and Frank and Susan Kilby of Divernon, Ill.; great-grandparents, William and Roma Baird, and Kenneth Hudson, all of Shelbyville, Ill., and Frank Kilby Sr., of Loami, Ill.; aunt, Melissa Bowen, and uncle, Jason Bowen, both of Springfield, Ill.; godparents, Kyle Hudson of Shelbyville, Ill., and Kimberly Jacobs Harmony of Springfield, Ill., and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Susan was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Chatham, Ill. She enjoyed dancing since she was a little girl and was a part of Jan's Dance Studio in Chatham, participating in several disciplines. She was a natural tip-toed walker, so dancing came naturally. Susan also loved to play sports. She loved to draw and dreamt of one day becoming a dress designer. Whatever it was she tried, Susan put her heart into it. Above all else, Susan was a very loving and funny child. She consoled the hearts of many, from the very young to the old. She had a heart that loved purely and tried to make everyone smile.
The family would like to thank the community of Chatham and surrounding areas for their compassion, love and generosity. We want to thank Pastor Clarence Rogers for all the time and support he has given our family during this time. We would also like to thank all of the doctors and staff at St. Louis Children's Hospital and St. John's Children's Hospital for their wonderful care - especially Dr. Greg Brandt and Dr. Dan Niebrugge and their staff for going above and beyond for our sweet daughter.
Visitation: Susan's family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, and from noon until 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Rte. 4, Chatham, IL 62629. Guests are invited to wear their "Team Susan" or Glenwood School colors in honor of Susan.
Funeral: A celebration of Susan's life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1 at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, with Rev. Clarence Rogers III and Rev. James Stuenkel officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery with a balloon release (please bring your own balloon).
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 1225 N. Main St., Chatham, IL 62629 and/or the Susan Baird Benefit Fund, 2213 W. White Oaks Dr., Springfield, IL 62704.
For online condolences please go to www.staabpolk.com.