Betsy H. Baird of Caroga Lake, N.Y., passed away Nov. 1, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born Jan. 4, 1954, in Lebanon, Pa., the daughter of Homer and Loretta Weaver Hoover. She was a graduate of Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa., and Westchester State College in Westchester, Pa. Her graduate studies in education were completed at SUNY Albany. From 1977-87, she was employed at Albany Savings Bank, where she served as assistant manager. From 1987 until the present she was the office manager of Brookside Plumbing in Johnstown. From 2000-2013, she served as a well respected substitute teacher for the Johnstown school district, where she enjoyed many rewarding relationships with students and faculty.
Betsy will also be remembered for her strong commitment to her community. She was a member of the Wheelerville School Board of Education for 14 years, where she served as president of the board for 12 years. She also served as president during her many years on the Board of Directors for The Glove Theatre. In addition to her leadership at The Glove, she created countless creative costumes using her outstanding seamstress skills. In addition, Betsy was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Johnstown, chaired the Parish Relations Committee, and was active in parish life.
Despite her many professional and volunteer roles, her most beloved commitment was to her family. Betsy was a devoted wife to her husband of 33 years, Thomas C. Baird, and a wonderful mother to her three beautiful daughters: Kathryn B.(Alex) Cabrera of Amsterdam; Kelsey A. (Doug Anderson) Baird of NY, N.Y.; and Taylor C. Baird of Caroga Lake. She is survived by her mother, Loretta Hoover of Newtown, Pa.; two brothers, Thomas (Cindy) Hoover of Pa. and their sons Gregory, Jason and Christopher; and David (Carol) Hoover of Johnstown and their children, Emma and Sam. She is also survived by her in-laws, Nancy and Jeff Brown of Gloversville, and their daughters Lauren, Jill and Sara, who will always be grateful to Aunt Betsy for her love, great desserts and creative gifts.
While Betsy will long be remembered by all who knew her for her bright smile and contagious laugh, the courage and faith with which she faced her incredibly difficult diagnosis will serve as an inspiration to all. She truly was the epitome of grace under pressure. The family would like to especially recognize her many exceptional medical caregivers including, but not limited to, Dr. James Vacek and Dr. Mikael Rinne.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ehle Funeral Home. A memorial service of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 N. Market St., Johnstown, N.Y. Cremation took place at Leatherstocking Crematory, Cherry Valley, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or Mountain Valley Hospice.