Sally Maenza Maenza Baird

July 4, 1929September 10, 2010

81, died September 10, 2010 with her family by her side in Plano, Texas. A graveside service will be Monday, September 20, 2010 at 1:30pm in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, located at: 6502 SW 102nd Ave. Bushnell, FL 33513 352-793-7740 She was born July 4, 1929, in Chicago, IL to Charles and Josephine Maenza. Her father worked for International Harvester. Her mother was a tailor for Saks. They moved to Chicago from Italy in the 1920s. Sally grew up in on the south side of Chicago. After high school she worked as an administrative assistant at Turtle Wax, where she met J. Kenneth Baird. They married in the mid 1950s and lived in Evanston and then Zion and Milwaukee. Mrs. Baird was a homemaker while her husband was a lawyer. She raised 5 children in addition to earning a certificate as a court reporter. After Ken’s retirement, they moved to Longboat Key, Florida where they enjoyed various activities. She was active in the gardening club and Longboat Key Turtle Watch. Her interests included family, gardening, sewing, crafts and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her mother & husband until they passed. Mrs. Baird is survived by her brothers, Joe & Connie Maenza; her five children Stacey, Bruce, D’Arcy, Joan & Robert and 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kenneth Baird.

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  • Graveside Service Monday, September 20, 2010

Sally Maenza Maenza Baird

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September 21, 2010

My Deepest condolences to all of Sally's family. She will be truely missed.
Lori Imig
Allen Texas

Bean and Kennard Chandler

September 20, 2010

Sally was as good of a girlfriend as girlfriends ever get. She had a great laugh and a stellar sense of humor. She loved her life and her family and her friends and it's not the same world without her in it. Our condolences to her family for losing their mom and grandma and aunt. We miss you Sally. Love Bean and Kennard Chandler

Betty Baird-Spangle

September 20, 2010

Dearest Family,
I am at a loss for words, and was so very honored to be both a part of Sally's life for many years, and a small part of her death. I miss you Sally, and have spent many hours of the last week thinking of our talks, our laughter, our plans and our antics. I love your children, especially those I am honored to personally know, Robert and Joan. And I am so grateful to have been called sister & daughter over the last few months and I hope I did the honor proud. I love you and wish a better place for you, I can almost hear your beautiful laughter even tonight. Rest my friend, I will see you again.

September 16, 2010

Thoughts from afar....wishing cousin Sally great peace and our condolences to all of the family members.......Linda Vitale and daughters (Amber and Aubrey) - Hilliard, Ohio.

September 15, 2010

Dear Nephews and Nieces,

Please accept my sincere sympathy in your loss.
Sally was a very enjoyable person to be around. She was an intersting conversationlist. I appreciated her immensely.

My Ames family joins me in sharing these thoughts. Linda has commented many times on how nice Sally was to her.

Love, Hugs and Prayers for each of you,
Aunt Edy

David and Chris. Farrell

September 15, 2010

We will miss your laughter Sally. We remember all the beach walks and breakfast with you and the gang. You and I had so many good times going to dinner, solving the problems of the world over a couple of drinks. How we laughed! Our condolences to your families.