In Memory

Kathy Baird - Class Of 1964

Kathy Baird

Kathy Baird

1946 - 2008

Julia Katherine Baird Dwelle passed away suddenly from her loving family Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Her loss is softened by the recollection of the undying love and affection that she gave to us.

A beautiful person inside and out, she was graciously "approaching medium age" at 62. Affectionately called Jules, Kath, Sassy, Mom, and Gamma by her friends and family, Kathy was doing what she loved best, after family, riding her horse when stricken with a recurrence of a heart problem. She gave more love and affection to others than most have in a much longer life, a fact that was not fully realized until she had gone. Although immensely private, Kathy very graciously placed her friends and family first, and herself second, almost to a fault. It was more important for her to give than receive, a trait recognized by many.

Kathy often laughed at being an Air Force "BRAT" having been born into the Air Force Family of Ralph and Gailey Baird in Denver, Colorado, July 13, 1946. Kathy attended JHS as a sophamore. She traveled the world with her family until, while working as a lifeguard at the Officers Club Pool at Luke Air Force Base, she met her husband of 41 years, Steve. The travelling didn't stop there, as they moved 18 times in the 21 years of Steve's military career. While she "fussed" occasionally, Kathy was never a complainer, always faithfully and lovingly supporting her husband and family. She did say, however, "When you hang up your Air Force spurs, the kids and I would be happy to go back to Visalia and begin planting some roots.

Visalia, California became an important part of her life, firmly establishing a homestead and lots and lots of wonderful friends. Dignified and intensely loyal, Kath loved her "critters" on Animal Planet and felt fortunate to get oodles of "critter fixes" in travels to Alaska and Africa. She often commented about pairs of animals who mated for life, a feeling which reflected her views and strong personal commitments.

Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Steve, sons Brett and Marc, their wives Stacey and Amy, grandchildren Makayla, Madalyn, Max and Ben, all of Visalia, and sister Judy Foiles and her husband Kurt of San Antonio, Texas.

There was a celebration of her life in her family home. Any memorials might be directed toward saving the lives of others to the American Heart Association. (

Published in Tulare County from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5, 2009

The Johnson High alumni will miss Kathy very much.