Lu C. Baird

November 1, 1936November 21, 2012

Lu Chandler Baird, 76, of Kansas City, MO, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at New Mark Care Center. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 12-1 p.m. at the McGilley & Sheil Chapel. The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. with burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery. Lu was born on Nov. 1, 1936, All Saints Day, on the family farm in Senath, MO, to Mae Belle and J.P. Chandler. She was the next to the youngest of seven children and one foster brother, Jimmy (a.k.a. my Jimmy dear). Lu graduated from Senath High School in 1954, where she was a member of the FHA, the Library Club, the Music Club, and the Pep Club. She attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, AR, from 1954 to 1956, studied Elementary Education, and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. Lu taught 2nd Grade at Beech Corner Grade School in rural Senath, MO, and then taught 1st Grade the next year at Rives Elementary School. She met the love of her life and married, Hubert (Hugh) B. Baird on Sept. 26, 1957, in Pocahontas, AR. They lived in Pleasant Hill, MO, where she worked as a telephone operator for United Telephone Co. for six months. They moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1960 and lived above the C.H. Blackman & Son Funeral Home, where Hugh was employed as a mortician and funeral director. Lu went to work at the Lynn Insurance Group. On her employment application the interviewer wrote that Lu planned to work for life and could not have a family, little did he know. In 1963 Lu became a mother to Hugh's three daughters, Rhonda was 15, Martha was 11, and Cyd was 7. Lu was only 26. She was a member of the Eastern Star and held the rank of Ruth. She also taught Sunday School, Children's Church and sang in the choir at the various churches she attended through the years before finally settling at the Budd Park Christian Church. Lu retired from full-time employment in 2001 from Universal Underwriters. She also worked as a greeter at the Blackman Funeral Home, then moved and lived above the Sheil Funeral Homes, where she was employed as a greeter at both Sheil locations. After her husband, Hugh, passed away in 1995, Lu had a friendship with Carl Hughes. They went on several cruises. They were good friends until his death in 2006. Lu is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh in 1995; her daughter, Rhonda Weant in 2002; an infant granddaughter, Melissa in 1972; her parents; her oldest brother, John; sisters, Mary Johnson and Beth Aumon; her brother, Jimmy and his wife, Faith; sisters-in-law, Marguerite Chandler and Dorothy Chandler; nieces, Deana Chilland and Charlotte Chandler. Lu is survived by Rhonda's family, husband, Rusty Weant and daughter, Amy, and her daughter, Addison; son, Adam (Trista); her second daughter, Martha and her friend, Jody Highfill; her third daughter, Cyd Bossert (Mark) and two sons, Andy (Erica) and triplets Emersen, Carson, and Madysen; Aaron (Becca) and their children, Ian and Baby Eva; brothers, Tom Chandler and daughter, Diane (Bob) and daughter, Natalie; son, Joe (Jana) and their children, T.J. and Matthew; brother Ben and daughters, Nancy and Janice and families; her sister, Millie Chilland and daughter, Rose and family; many nieces, nephews, cousins, many good friends, and special friends, the Lopez Family. Lu had a great sense of humor, was usually the life of the party, had a love for people, and a good ear for listening. She will be greatly missed. The family would like to thank the New Mark Care Center and Crossroads Hospice for their care and compassion for Lu and her family. Contributions can be made to the charity of your choice . "We love you, Momma!"


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lu C. Baird

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Carol Shaver

November 29, 2012

Martha and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Carol, Olivia and Joe Shaver

November 28, 2012

Martha and Cyd, I was so very sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a sweet lady. She always was so thoughtful when she would make her famous italian coconut cake for my dad. He always looked forward to all of her great baking. Please accept my condolences. I will always remember the memories of our parents and the days of Blackmans. My dad thought the world of your family. My prayers are with you.

Gary Bertoncin

November 27, 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew Lu & Hugh (& Karl) through my work at Sheil and later at Passantino Bros. All wonderful people! Your family is in my thoughts.

Paul & Patty Daugherty

November 26, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

November 26, 2012

I'll remember Lu for her warm personality and sincerity. Her departure is saddening, yet I rejoice knowing in my mind she has earned a First-Class ticket through Heaven's gates.
Sparky, Milford Connecticut

November 26, 2012

Dear Martha,I am so sorry for your loss.My condolences to you and your family.
Esther Porres

Dean Hughson

November 26, 2012

Martha and family: Condolences from my family to yours. Dean Hughson, Omaha Nebraska