Joyce Lee West Baird

April 9, 1932May 22, 2013
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Joyce Lee (West) Baird died May 22, 2013, in Temple, TX, surrounded by the love of her extended family and sustained by her lifelong love of God.

She was born in the small, East Texas town of Elmo on April 9, 1932, and married Vaughn Baird on August 28, 1949 in Wichita Falls. As a devoted wife and mother, she made her home in Central Texas where she raised three sons, dearly loved three daughters-in-law, cherished twelve grandchildren, and took delight in four great-grandchildren. She traveled across the country and around the world with her husband and inspired his faithful love over 63 years of marriage. She is beloved by her family for her steadfast pursuit of faith, her kindness and humility in service to others, and her gentle spirit. To her grandchildren, she leaves a wide-ranging legacy that includes biblical lessons and an unfailing belief in the power of healthy food. Those who knew her marveled at her sense of style, her encyclopedic knowledge of God’s word, and her charitable acceptance of the cows that grazed in the front lawn of the family farm. She was a member of Temple Bible Church and a model of Christian humility for everyone who treasures her memory. She is survived by her husband Vaughn Baird (Temple) and siblings Gwynne West (Temple) and Shirly Jo Williams (Austin). Her children are Thomas Baird and wife Cindy (Temple), David Baird and wife Kathy (Temple), and Byron Baird and wife Rosemary (Belton).

Her grandchildren, who have received many handwritten cards encouraging them towards lives of faith over the years, include: Suzannah Smalley and husband David (Temple), Jordan Baird and wife Brianne (Houston), Zachary Baird and wife Charlotte (Salado), Jeffrey Baird (Houston), Julianne Baird and LauraLee Baird (both of Temple). In addition, Lauren Baird and husband Robert Trottmann (San Antonio), Michael Baird and wife Colleen (Oakhurst, CA), Katherine Thomas and husband Michael (Gaithersburg, MD), and Andrew Baird and wife Jenni (Oakland, CA). Also, Addie Baird (Austin) and Audrey Baird (Belton).

In recent years, Joyce welcomed four great-grandchildren. Helen and Huck Baird Trottmann (San Antonio), Elliot Baird (Oakhurst), and Hugh Smalley (Temple, TX) are blessed to inherit her example of prayerful living.


  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 25, 2013

Joyce Lee West Baird

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Kenneth and Stephanie Hunley

June 30, 2013

Dearest Baird Family,

Heaven has gained such a precious saint. Joyce had such a sweet spirit, and a longing for the Savior. She exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman.

For those in the family who love and know the Lord, you have the blessed hope of receiving the same reward as Joyce.

In the meantime, may the God of all comfort, bless and keep you.

Love in Christ,
Kenneth and Stephanie Hunley

Roger Sadler

June 9, 2013

What a wonderful family! I am saddened by your loss.

Beverly Sadler Majkut

May 30, 2013

I just learned of this. I am sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. May God bless you all with peace and acceptance at this difficult time.

Nancy & JIm Brooks

May 24, 2013

Thomas and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very trying time. Just losing my Dad one month ago, I very much sympathize with you and your family at this time. There is no greater loss than a parent.

Barbara McNeir

May 24, 2013

May God cover you with His peace and comfort during the coming days, weeks, and months. Joyce was such a beautiful Christian woman and leaves a legacy of love for family and friends. Fond memories of times with both of you make me smile today in my thoughts and prayers for you and the family.

Brenna Diggs

May 23, 2013

My thoughts & prayers are with your Family. Joyce is a wonderful person inside & out, she always made me feel welcome in their home. I have many memories with Joyce, but one that sticks out in my mind is when I was pregnant, Vaughn & Joyce were planning to move to Deerfield Estates & I went & spent the day with Joyce packing up their stuff & we had the best day with laughs, stories & a great lunch that Joyce made for just her & I.