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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Shirley Bernice Baird
February 15, 1939 - February 5, 2022

Public Events and Locations

Memorial Service - Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 4:00 PM at Washington Memorial Chapel, King of Prussia


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Washington Memorial Chapel - 2000 Valley Forge Park Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 - 610-783-0120 - Map
Family Florist - Chantilly Floral Boutique - 427 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438 - 215-256-9290 - Map
Donation - Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research - Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 - 212-509-0995 - Map

Shirley Bernice Gorden Baird, 82 of Royersford, PA, died on February 5, 2022. Shirley was born on February, 15, 1939, in Decatur County Pleasanton, IA, to Chester Dale Gorden and Opal Colyer Gorden. She was the eldest of five children: Dale Eugene, Jennie Louise, Ellis Elvin, and Kathy Jo. She is preceded in death by her husband Merton Denison Baird, who passed away on November 7, 2005.

They leave two children, a son, Alan Merton Baird and his wife Brenda Romano Baird, and a daughter, Katherine Elizabeth FitzPatrick and her husband, Eric Gannon FitzPatrick and their two children: Julia Elizabeth and Joshua Gannon. She is also survived by Merton’s sister, Lois Baird Bordner, her husband, Jon Bordner and their three daughters: Kimberly Bordner Spachman, Jamie Bordner, and Lesley Bordner Vitalie.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 from Graceland College, Lamoni, IA, and a Masters degree in Library Science in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Shirley was married to Merton Denison Baird of Fort Wayne, IN in Independence, MO on March 26, 1967. They met at the University of WI, where Merton was studying for his Ph.D. in Chemistry. They moved to Shippensburg, PA where Merton taught Chemistry at Shippensburg University for 37 years until 2005.

She was a teacher in elementary schools in Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. She was a reference librarian in Wisconsin and at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. She also worked in the Shippensburg University Library in Shippensburg, PA. She taught private piano lessons when her children were younger, and was a piano accompanist for performances at Shippensburg University. She enjoyed teaching her grandchildren about music and art as well as spending time with them.

She also was very passionate about genealogy and her family research.

Relatives and friends were invited to her memorial service on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 4:00 P.M. at Washington Memorial Chapel, 2000 Valley Forge Park Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Religious services were conducted by The Rev. Tommy Thompson from Washington Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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