Susan Denise Baird, “Sweet Potato”, 10 years old of Chatham, IL, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at St. John’s Hospital Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children’s Center surrounded by her loved ones. Susan was born to William Trevor Baird and Jennifer Ketchum Baird on July 22, 2003. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Robert G. Bowen and great-grandmother Patricia E. Kilby. She leaves to cherish her memory: father William Trevor Baird, mother Jennifer Ketchum Baird (companion Ken Duffy), brother William Baird, grandparents Terry and Marla Baird of Chatham, IL, Frank and Susan Kilby of Divernon, IL, great-grandparents William and Roma Baird and Kenneth Hudson, all of Shelbyville, IL, Frank Kilby Sr., of Loami, IL, aunt Melissa Bowen, uncle Jason Bowen both of Springfield, IL, godparents Kyle Hudson of Shelbyville, IL, Kimberly Jacobs Harmony of Springfield, IL, and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Susan was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham, IL. She enjoyed dancing since she was a little girl and was a part of Jan’s Dance Studio in Chatham, participating in several disciplines. She was a natural tip-toed walker, so dancing came naturally. Susan also loved to play sports. She loved to draw and dreamt of one day becoming a dress designer. Whatever it was she tried, Susan put her heart into it. Above all else, Susan was a very loving and funny child. She consoled the hearts of many, from the very young to the old. She had a heart that loved purely and tried to make everyone smile.
The family would like to thank the community of Chatham and surrounding areas for their compassion, love and generosity. We want to thank Pastor Clarence Rogers for all of the time and support he has given our family during this time. We would also like to thank all of the doctors and staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and St. John’s Children’s Hospital for their wonderful care - especially Dr. Greg Brandt and Dr. Dan Niebrugge and their staff for going above and beyond for our sweet daughter.
Visitation: Susan’s family will greet friends from 4-7PM on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and from noon until 2PM on Sunday, September 1, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, 62629. Guests are invited to wear their “Team Susan” or Glenwood School colors in honor of Susan. Funeral: A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, September 1, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, with Rev. Clarence Rogers III and Rev. James Stuenkel officiating. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery with a balloon release (please bring your own balloon).
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1225 N. Main St. Chatham, IL 62629 and/or the Susan Baird Benefit Fund, 2213 W. White Oaks Dr., Springfield, IL 62704.