Monday, January 07, 2008

Maude Augusta Welch Baldwin (1903-2008)



In the Franklin (NC) Times newspaper last week in the obituaries they had the obituary of my 2nd cousin, twice removed-in-law, Maude Baldwin. Maude is related to me through my ancestor John Ray. I never met her, as far as I know, but thought since she was a relative and lived as long as she did, she deserved some kind of mention.

Maude lived 104 years! She almost made it to 105, within a month. She was born Feb 7, 1903. The died the first day of 2008. That is a long voyage through life.

Maude had 14 siblings. She was the oldest. Four are still living. Her husband, Donald Justice Baldwin was born in 1902, was a carpenter, and died 1976,

At sixteen she was a school teacher in Aquone. Some of her students were older than she was. After she married and had children she resigned her job as a teacher and became a seamstress and worked from her home and a shop in Franklin. She retired at age 66, but continue to work part time until she was 80.

She had a 1963 Chevy Nova that she drove until she 93.

She credits “blessing the Lord” and hard work for a long healthy life.

Maude lived 104 years! She almost made it to 105, within a month. She was born Feb 7, 1903. She died the first day of 2008. That is a long voyage through life.

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6 Comments:

Blogger kenju said...

Too bad she didn't make it to 105, Eddie, but at least she made into 2008!

6:31 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Judy,
Yep, she got at least one foot into the 2008 door.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

You seem to have better genes than George W. Bush.

1:13 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Suzanne,
Better genes than royalty? Nah!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

If by royalty, you mean royal fuck-ups...

8:50 AM  
Blogger ET said...

a rose is a rose...

9:58 AM  

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