Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird (Orton)

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Sarah Adelicia Orton Baird, 94, passed away November 19, 2020 in Provo, Utah, surrounded by family. Sarah was born in Widtsoe, Garfield County, Utah to Grover Cleveland and Clara Beebe Orton, February 22, 1926. Sarah was pleased to share her birthday with George Washington and her grandmother, Sarah Dalley Orton, for whom she was named. Sarah was raised in a loving, happy family that worked together and sang songs to make work happy. Of thirteen siblings Sarah was the last remaining living child.

Sarah attended Lehi High School until her senior year, when she moved to Payson due to family circumstances during World War II. She graduated from Payson High School. She met her sweetheart, Frederick T. Baird, in Payson. They were married December 19, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple during a short military leave for Fred. Three days after their wedding, Fred received a wire telling him that his furlough was canceled and to report to duty immediately. Fred and Sarah began their family in Payson and moved to Orem a few years later, where their children all attended school.

Sarah’s greatest joy was being a mother to her children. She was blessed as each child came. She felt that each brought so much love to their home. Her posterity shall rise up and call her blessed. Sarah and her husband Fred had nine children: Dennis (Christine), Vickie, Lonnie (Julie), Scott (Bonnie), Jill (Arthur Allen), Jackie (Mark Standing), Chad (Cathy), Kimberli (Brian Westover), Daren (Camille). She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred and three children: Lonnie, Vickie, Dennis and her daughter in law, Christine. They currently have 40 grandchildren and 101 great grandchildren.

Sarah loved the Lord and was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a ward Primary president, Young Women President, Relief Society President and in all three stake auxiliary presidencies. She loved serving with her husband as he was called to be bishop of a ward of young single adults. Sarah served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her husband, the Oregon-Portland Mission and the Mississippi-Jackson Mission. To date, forty-seven members of their direct posterity have also served missions.

In their home, above a shelf filled with photographs of Sarah and Fred’s grandchildren hung a sign that summed it up perfectly, “All because two people fell in love.”

After their first mission, Sarah and Fred moved to Provo where they served together in the Provo Temple for many years. Before Fred’s passing in 2017, they marked their 73rd wedding anniversary.

Sarah was an active neighbor and friend and loved her associations with others. She enjoyed participating with a Brigham Young University women’s bowling league and a social enrichment ladies club, Paideia Sorosis, which focused on a well-rounded cultural education.

Sarah had the best answer when asked how she was doing, “I’m trying to be good!” Each morning when she awoke, she prayed to know who she could help that day. She usually had her answer and accomplished the task by nightfall. She could be found giving a ride to a stranger on a rainy day, paying for other’s food in line at the store, being a friend to someone with special needs or taking a loaf of bread to lighten a heart. Sarah opened her heart and home to many and changed lives for the better.

Family and friends may call at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North Orem, Utah on Monday, November 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. We will be following state Covid guidelines. Private memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 24,11:00 AM with a Live Broadcast available at Click ‘watch live webcast’ on the main page. A recording will be available on Sarah’s obituary page later on. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family on the same web link. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    By Invitation Only
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family Only Visitation
  • Private Family Funeral Services w/Live Webcast

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A Private Family Service. A live webcast is available at starting at 11 am


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Verna Nelson

Posted at 11:44pm
I went away to serve Missions because I wanted to be like your dear, Sarah. Upon my return, I was sad to learn I couldn't visit her because of Covid restrictions. Sarah was my dear, dear friend. A visit with her was always so inspiring. I feel I know you, her family very well because you truly were her pride and joy and she loved to talk of you. Her testimony burned bright. One of my favorite memories is of watching the Tabernacle choir broadcast with her and she would sing along with her favorite hymns.
Sarah knew that her family fulfilled the scripture "By their fruits ye shall know them" and it brought her great joy.
I'm so happy for Sarah and Fred to be reunited. She had her bags packed and ready for the flight long before it happened.
Thank-you, dear Baird family for sharing your wonderful parents and honoring them.
Verna Nelson

Karen Roberts

Posted at 04:22pm
I love Sarah. So much so that when I was pregnant with my last child I went to visit Sarah and asked if I could name my child after her. I wanted to name my little girl Sarah Louise. After Sarah and my mother. It was a wonderful plan except my child ended up being a boy.
Sarah was always so kind to me and took time to teach me. She would read me poems and talk about her wonderful family and her love for Fred. There is a great reunion going on in Heaven. I'm sure countless people are very happy to be with Sarah again.
My love to the Baird family,
Karen Roberts


Posted at 02:13pm
The BEST of Aunt ever! Loved the ever present smile, laugh and love.
Val McOmber

Jan Tabish

Posted at 01:07pm
Dearest Cousins, we are so sad for the loss of this wonderful woman, whom we all love dearly. I was remembering yesterday all the wonderful memories I have of your parents and your wonderful family, especially Aunt Sarah. She loved all of us dearly, she took the time to get to know us individually, and her love was unconditional. What a wonderful legacy she has left. I'm sad for us, the ones she left behind, but so happy and grateful for the joyous reunion that took place yesterday. We love you all very much and our thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate through the days ahead. May God's blessings be with all of us. Love you guys! Jan & Gene Tabish (Gordon & Leone's daughter)

Karen C Watkins

Posted at 09:26pm
Sarah Baird was one of the kindest people I've ever met. Growing up with Jill gave me many opportunities to be in the Baird home, feel the love there and often be greeted by 'my second mom' so sweetly. Many times when I picked Jill up for school, I was invited to have family prayer with their family. I always remember her smiling face and happy demeanor. Later in life, my husband and I had the opportunity to serve in a branch presidency with Fred and Sarah. We are better people because of our association with the Bairds and we will always be thankful for the opportunity we had to know and love them. We send our love to the Baird family at this time - we know you will miss your mom and grandma, but what a blessing it is to know of the sweet reunion she is having with loved ones on the other side.
Much Love from Bryan and Karen (Clark) Watkins

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