Wilma Baird

March 15, 1912March 31, 2015

"Wilma (Billie) Baird, 103, passed away on Tuesday March 31, 2015. Born March 8, 1912, in Decatur, Illinois, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Grace Fay Funkhouser. Billie was active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, P.E.O., University Woman's Club, and the Janet Rankin Foundation. She volunteered at the GA State Botanical Gardens Visitor Center from its beginning until age 96, and won a Botanical Gardens Volunteer of the Year award. Billie was earlier a licensed pilot. In 1968, her husband Lloyd joined the University of Athens Health Service and helped turn it into an accredited hospital. Billie and Lloyd were active at the Athens County Club. Lloyd died in 1973, but Billie played golf until she was 94. Billie lived a very full and rich life, and will be missed and remembered with fondness and love. Her husband, James Lloyd Baird, and her sister, Ruth Acox from Sarasota, Florida, preceded Billie in death. She is survived by sons James Kendall Baird (Carol) of Dalton, GA, Michael Lloyd Baird (Heidi) of Morro Bay, CA, four grandchildren, Sandy Baird (JT) of Oakland, CA, Robert Baird (Jennifer) of San Jose, CA, Corey Baird of Atlanta, GA, Richard Baird (Lisa) of Cartersville, GA, and four great-grandchildren. Read Billie's blog at In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.

Services will be private.

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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.


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Michael Baird

April 9, 2015

April 8, 2015

We offer our deepest sympathy to Billie's family. She was a treasured member of our organization and an inspiration to us all. She will be remembered fondly.

The Athens Country Club Women's Golf Association

Mona Huber

April 7, 2015

To a wonderful friend will miss our long talks on the phone,will sure miss you but you had a long and wonderful life my deepest condolences to you and your family they were so good to you.

Bernstein Funeral Home

April 6, 2015

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.