Nora Elizabeth Baldwin

Nora Elizabeth Baldwin

Passed: July 01, 2024
Charleston, WV

Nora Elizabeth Baldwin

Passed: July 01, 2024
Charleston, WV

Obituary

Nora Elizabeth (Gandy) Baldwin, 95, of Charleston, WV, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2024, in the arms of her daughter, Gerry, who will miss her every day of her life. She was surrounded by her son-in-law Gary, grandson Jonathyn and granddaughter Tiata in her last days. She knew she was loved.

Nora was born on July 10, 1928, and was a hard worker her whole life, starting at age 16 during World War II at Charleston Milling company, bagging flour until her fingers would bleed while the men were at war. From then on, she worked several retail jobs and helped her husband run a produce market for many years. Her huge Sunday dinners with her well-known breadsticks brought everyone to the table quickly. She was a women’s rights activist before it was ever talked about as it is now. She was a strong and independent woman who believed women should be treated and paid equally in the work place, the same as men. Her favorite phrase was “A -Woman!!!” Those that know her will always remember that! She endeared herself to everyone she met and made many friends along the way. She was an avid walker at the Town Center mall with her sister, Virginia Tackett, always by her side, she bragged she could walk a mile in 10 minutes!

She was preceded in death by her husband and loving father to their children, Elmer Baldwin, and her middle daughter, Lona Ruth Page, which she will forever hold in her heart.

Nora is survived by her oldest daughter, Joyce Pack of Charleston, WV, and youngest daughter and caregiver, Gerry (Gary) Reed; granddaughters, Marissa Byrd of Charleston, WV, Tiata Atkins of Savannah, GA, who gave Nora so much love and joy in her last months; grandson, Jonathyn Reed of Charleston, WV, who could match Nora’s wit and they had the most fun time doing it, they loved each other dearly; great-granddaughter, Kourtney Byrd of Huntington, WV, who Nora loved dearly, and great-grandchildren in Savannah, Dalton Clark, Cullen Atkins and Ivey Atkins, Nora loved her children dearly!

To all our friends who were there for us to offer love and a shoulder to cry on, John Nelson, Donald Dunlap, Wanda Tribbie, Dr. Harry Duncan, I will cherish you forever. When you hear Almost Heaven West Virginia, remember Mom and smile, and sing along with it, she will be smiling and singing along with you. She will be missed greatly, but her spirit will endure by the treasured memories she leaves behind.

I have so many people to thank for making Mom’s last years so safe and peaceful. Dr. Susan Cavender for her friendship and for giving Mom such loving care for many years. Her  neighbor Ed Reed who called her every day at 10:30 a.m. just to see if she was ‘OK’ and visited her regularly. She always looked forward to his calls. Her neighbors, Darren and Barbie Harris, who looked out for her safety, Mom said she was never scared because she knew they watched out for her at night and checked on her regularly. They even decorated the porch for “Rosie the Riveter “ on July 4 in her memory! Her neighbor, Mark Reed, who was her ‘fixer of anything’ that was broken, and always laughing at her wit. You all were my village and I couldn’t have done it without you. We both cherish your friendship! She will be sadly missed by her lifelong friends, Betty Price, Mom loved you so much, you had precious memories together that she cherished! She lost her other life friend, Virginia “Jenny” McClane, in December. What a heartache that was for both of us. She was there for us through Mom’s health decline and became my second mother. I miss her dearly, but thank the Good Lord he brought her daughter Teresa, my cousin, who lives in Virginia, back into my life to fill that void and is now my comfort when I need it.  

Her care workers in rehab, Stephanie and Megan, you were Mom’s joy and angels on earth. She loved you so much! You brought her so much happiness and love and she loved giving and getting hugs and smacks (kisses) to all of you. Dawn CNA and Marilyn and Farrah her nurses who helped me during the final days w so much love and support! Her hairdressers Lora and Helen at Lora’s hair salon, it was always our social day, she would sit and sing her favorite song, Country Roads take me home, she had such a fun time with you all.

A celebration of her life will be held in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. Nora loved all living things.

Condolences may be sent to her family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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2 responses to Nora Elizabeth Baldwin

  1. Gerry I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Nora. My prayers are with you and the family during this time. Love you
    Marsha Thompson (McLane)

  2. Gerry And Garry
    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing.You and the Family are
    in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love you Guys
    Eddie and Cathy Midkiff

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