March 19, 1941 – September 12, 2020
Kathleen Baldwin, 79, of Port Orange, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Kathleen was born in Barboursville, West Virginia to Oakley and Anna Gothard in 1941. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Baldwin in 2013 and siblings; Jeff Gothard, Russell Gothard, Emerson Gothard and Eleanor Kidd. Kathleen is survived by her brothers, Harold Gothard of Poca, West Virginia and Kirt Gothard of Barboursville, West Virginia; including several nieces and nephews. Kathleen was an Elementary School teacher for 30+ years, retiring from the Volusia County School District. She was very active member for 45+ years at First Baptist Church of Daytona where she was involved with Sunday School Administration and was involved in the music ministry. Kathleen also enjoyed sewing, reading and especially gardening.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
September 15, 2020
I have several memories of Aunt Kathleen that I will always cherish, but there is one in particular that keeps coming to mind over the last few days. It was one of the last times (perhaps the last) that she made it up to Virginia to visit my Memaw (her sister, Eleanor). It was during the summer and all of the kids (I was probably 6 or 7) had been out playing in Memaw’s yard all day. I had hung around late into the evening and I remember sitting on Aunt Kathleen’s lap in Memaw’s recliner while she read to me. She must have read over a dozen books to me. I kept insisting on “just one more” and she seemed happy to oblige. I can still hear her voice as she read to me and how it sounded when she said my name.
Miss you and love you, Aunt Kathleen.
September 15, 2020
Aunt Kathleen and I have shared a special bond for as long as I can remember. She called me “her young -in” and never failed to tell me she loved me. When she and Uncle John moved to Daytona Beach, I took advantage of my flying privileges through my dad’s employment with National Airlines and spent my high school and college spring breaks with them. It was always a special time. So special in fact that I brought a college roommate with me one time and a best friend another time after I’d started teaching. That was the other bond we had. We shared “teacher” stories and enjoyed talking about the ups and downs of living in a beach town, she in Daytona and me in Virginia Beach. She and Uncle John went to First Baptist Daytona; Dennis and I attended First Baptist Norfolk. Our pastors knew each other. We sang in the choir, she sang in her choir. Uncle John played violin in the orchestra, my daughter played violin in ours. She would describe the “living Christmas tree” performances they did, and I would tell her about our church performances. We also compared the similarities between the men we married. She said that my Dennis was an awful lot like her John. Oh goodness I miss her so and wish I’d gotten down to Florida more often than I did. Life gets busy but I will never forget my dear, sweet Aunt Kathleen!
September 14, 2020
Aunt Kathleen was the Aunt who always had kind loving words for my self and my brothers when we were children. After she married Uncle John in 1968 he was at the center of her life. Uncle John and serving Jesus through her church was what her life centered on. When I was a young sailor stationed at Orlando she welcomed me into her home nearly every weekend and she and Uncle John always took me to church at First Baptist. After I married Joyce Aunt Kathleen welcomed Joyce into the family and always treated both of us as if we were beloved children. We will miss being able to talk to her but it is good to know that she is with Jesus now and can once more see Uncle John and so many of her family who have gone on before!