Dona 'Nona” Baird

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Pendleton, Oregon resident, Dona "Nona" Baird, 55, died September 26, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, 401 W. Poplar, Walla Walla, Washngton.

The graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010, at Mount Hope Cemetery, Southwest Sixth Street in College Place, Washington. Pastor Roger Kruger of the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dona Baird Memorial Fund at Community Bank in Pendleton, a portion of which will go to the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church through the Community Bank, P. O. Box 908, Pendleton, OR 97801, or through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.

Dona was born May 25, 1955, in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Don and Jean Wade Christian. She came to College Place at a young age and lived in this area off and on through the years, spending the last thirty years in Pendleton, Oregon. She graduated from Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho and attended Walla Walla University, Blue Mountain Community College and online courses in accounting through the University of Phoenix.

On May 24, 1980, she and Jerry Baird married in College Place. She worked as a bus driver for Midco Bus System, retiring last December due to her health.

She enjoyed sewing and helping others; however, her family and grandchildren were of utmost importance to her. She was a member of the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church where she served as a leader of Little Lambs and Eager Beavers.

Dona is survived by her husband at home; her daughter, Jeanette Baird of Pendleton; two sons: Brendan Schander of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jerald and his wife Tiffany Baird of Walla Walla; her mother and step-father, Jean and Harold Carlton of Portland, Tennessee; her step-mother, Marilyn Christian of Walla Walla; two brothers: Donny Christian of Hermiston and Jimmy Christian also of Walla Walla; three grandchildren: Taneesha, Thomas and Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Don Christian.

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