GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                              Monday, December 16, 2002

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Westley H. Baird

  CHINOOK -- Westley H. Baird, 73, a farmer, rancher and earth mover, died Friday at his Chinook home of cancer.

  His memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church.

  Survivors include his wife, Sara Baird of Chinook; daughters Melissa Jaquette of Wolf Point and Shanna Flores of Los Angeles; sons Jess Baird, Loren Baird and Doug Baird, all of Chinook and Dana Baird of Helena; a sister, Barbara Hauge of Turner; and 14 grandchildren.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Monday, December 16, 2002

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WESTLEY BAIRD

   CHINOOK - Westley H. Baird, 73, of Chinook died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at his home from complications of cancer.

   Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chinook United Methodist Church with Jack Mattingly presiding.

   Wes was born on Feb. 10, 1929, in Chinook to Stanley and Bertha (Crawford) Baird. He attended school through second grade and was home schooled through the sixth grade. Wes grew up on the family homestead and at the age of 21 took over operations from his father.

   On July 1, 1956, Wes married Sara King in Tustin, Calif. He spent most of his life on the family ranch north of Zurich. He enjoyed the farming and ranching business and his greatest passion was moving dirt. He complete many earth-moving projects in and around Blaine County and took great pride in his work.

   Wes loved to play fiddle, guitar and harmonica and to tap his foot to the beat of the music. He also loved to dance and enjoyed taking trips in the United States and Canada to visit family and friends. He also loved children and always took time to stop and listen to a little one. He enjoyed being the tour guide and showing anyone where an old homestead was located.

   He was preceded in death by his grandson, Levi; sister, Frances Varner; brother, Allan Baird; and his parents.

   Survivors include his wife, Sara; sons, Jess (Tara) Baird, Loren Baird and Doug (Holly) Baird, all of Chinook, Dana (Annette) Baird of Helena; daughters, Melissa (Bill) Jaquette of Wolf Point and Shanna (Briayan) Flores of Los Angeles; sister, Barbara (Art) Hauge of Turner; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

   Memorials may be sent to United Methodist Church or Bear Paw Hospice.

   Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                Wednesday, December 18, 2002

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Wes Baird

Wesley H. Baird, 73, died from complications with cancer on Friday, December 13, 2002, at his home in Chinook. Memo­rial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18 (today), at the Chinook United Methodist Church with Jack Mattingly presiding. Me­morials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or the Bear Paw Hospice. Arrange­ments are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

Wes was born on February 10, 1929, in Chinook to Stanley and Bertha (Crawford) Baird. He attended school though the 2nd grade then was home schooled through the 6th grade. He grew up on the family homestead and at the age of 21 he took over the operation of the farm from his father.

On July 1, 1956 Wes married Sara King in Tustin, California and they raised their children on the family farm. Wes enjoyed the farming and ranching busi­ness, but his greatest passion was moving dirt. He completed many earth-moving projects in and all around Blame County, and he always took great pride in his work.

Wes loved to dance, and he loved to play the fiddle, guitar and harmonica, all the while tapping his foot to the beat of the music. Other joys included trips around the U.S. and Canada to visit family and friends. He loved children and always found time in his busy life to stop and listen to a little one. He had a great sense of history of this country, and he enjoyed being the tour guide and showing any­one where an old homestead was located.

Survivors include his wife Sara; sons, Jess (Tara), Loren, and Doug (Holly) Baird all of Chinook, and Dana (Annette) Baird of Helena; daughters, Melissa (Bill) Jaquette of Wolf Point and Shanna (Briayan) Flo­res of Los Angeles, CA; a sister, Barbara (Art) Hauge of Turner; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. his He was preceded in death by parents; a brother, Allan Baird; a sister, Frances Varner; and a grandson, Levi Baird.

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