Baldwin, Betty-obit

Betty Lou Baldwin

January 28, 1945 - April 30, 2016

Betty Lou Maughan Baldwin was born to Leona Walker Maughan and Leslie Adamson Maughan on January 28, 1945 in Glendale, California. Although born in California, Betty was a Montana girl through and through. Her family moved to a farm in the small community of Round Butte, Montana, when Betty was a child. Betty spent her formative years in Montana and returned to Montana many times over the course of her life. Betty was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on June 6, 1954. This date marked the beginning of many years of service with the LDS Church. Betty graduated from Ronan High School in 1962. Shortly thereafter, Betty met the love of her life, Richard F. Baldwin. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on February 15, 1964. This was the beginning of a true love story, and time only deepened their love. Together they raised a family of eight children who continue to aspire to follow the loving example she set for them. Of all of her accomplishments, the ones she prized most were raising her children and having relationships with her beloved grandchildren.

Betty traveled the world extensively with her husband, from hiking to the top of Macchu Picchu in Peru to salmon fishing in Alaska, where Betty out fished Richard every time. Betty taught seminary classes to the youth of the church for several years. Betty and Richard were church service missionaries from September 2005 to September 2007 where they taught religion courses at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Betty was an avid quilter as well as an accomplished artist throughout her life. One of her greatest talents was her ability to bless and impact the lives of all of whom she came in contact with. She showed love to everyone.

When Betty was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer almost 5 years ago, she faced her diagnosis and treatment with the quiet courage and determination that she demonstrated throughout her life. She faced all her challenges with a positive attitude and a prayerful heart. She leaves behind her a lasting legacy of love.

Betty is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard F. Baldwin of Allen, Texas. She is survived by eight children (along with their spouses), including Belinda Baldwin of Garland, Texas; Amy Strang of Scottsdale, Arizona; Martha Carlisle of McKinney, Texas; Richard W. Baldwin of Allen, Texas; Peter M. Baldwin of Plano, Texas; Rachel Heu of Lynnwood, Washington; James R. Baldwin of Chicago, Illinois, and Rebecca Baldwin of Seoul, Korea. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Brown of Bothel, Washington; Irene Lake of Ronan, Montana; and one brother, Edwin Maughan of Ronan Montana.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1324 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX  75013. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expwy N., Allen, Texas 75013. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Wednesday evening, May 4, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the church. 

The family requests that donations be made in Betty Baldwin's name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Donations can be made online at ocrf.org or by check to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, at Pennsylvania Plaza Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122.

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I am so sorry to lose my dear cousin, Betty! Even though Betty was a couple of years older than I, we made a lot of happy memories together riding the bus together, going to mutual and other church activities together, and being neighbors while we were growing up. Love you, Mary, Irene, and Ed, Richard and family! Evelyn Maughan Cheney, May 4, 2016 No words can express the loss we feel. Love you Aunt Betty!
Mari Finley, Z'ah and Tony, May 3, 2016
No words can express the loss we feel. Love you Aunt Betty!
Mari Finley, Z'ah and Tony, May 3, 2016 I am sure you are in a better place you were an inspiration to all on this earth.............
Ray Sharp, May 2, 2016