Dorothy Mae Urbantke Baird was called home to The Lord on Sunday, February 2, 2014. She was born August 8, 1925 in a small German community, The Grove, Texas, to Alvin Urbantke and Emily Wilhelm Urbantke. She attended primary school at The Grove and secondary school in Belton she graduated from Belton High School. She attended Saint Paul Lutheran Church, which was established in 1870 by a group of settlers from Weigersdoft, Germany, and was confirmed into the church on April 10, 1938.
After graduation she worked at Camp Hood, Texas where she met Charles E. Baird. They were married on September 15, 1945 in Temple, Texas. They started their family at The Grove and moved to Belton in 1952. They were blessed with 3 sons and a precious daughter: Charles, Donna, Jerry, and Eddie.
Dorothy and Charles were charter members of The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. They raised their family in this church and she remained an active member until recently due to illness. She served on the Board of Social Services, Helping Hands Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels for many years.
She was employed for many years at III Corps Finance Accounting at Fort Hood, Texas where she received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service for exceptional performance of duties. In August 1985, she retired.
After her retirement, Charles and Dorothy enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping. She was an excellent cook and hosted every holiday dinner. The Dallas Cowboys had an avid fan in Dorothy Baird whether they won or lost. She adored her 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren which survive her.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Baird in April of 1988. She is survived by her sons and daughter. Charles Baird and wife Donna, Jerry Baird and wife Cheryl, Eddie Baird and wife Linda, and Donna Baird Kinsey and husband Larry Kinsey, all of Belton. Also surviving, is her sister Mildred Winkler of Marion, Texas, Carolyn Patterson of Florida, and Ardeen Urbantke of Round Rock, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 6 8 PM on Tuesday, February 4 at Heartfield Funeral Home. The Memorial service will be on Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 PM at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Belton. Interment will be at North Belton Cemetery.