Dorothy Lee Baughman, R.I.P.

One of my aunts, Dorothy Lee Baughman passed on to her eternal reward on June 7, 2010. She was 84.

As I do the necessary maintenance on my own 65-year-old body and diabetic feet, I am daily reminded that our "robes of flesh" get older and deteriorate. It's part of the circle of life. Dorothy lived a full and good life. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord. She was part of the very special family of my maternal grandparents, Irvin and Eulalia Baughman. The surviving extended family has countless wonderful memories to cherish.

I can't speak for the entire family, but personally, I take great comfort from the fact that Dorothy was a woman of faith. And she knew that faith is not what you SAY you believe. Faith is what you DO with what you believe.

Because Dorothy was a woman of strong faith, I believe the third chapter of Ecclesiastes is especially appropriate. Here is the text:

"1. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

9. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10. I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16. And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17. I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

18. I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

22. Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?"

At times like this, I also take great comfort in the seventh chapter of Ecclesiastes, especially verse 1: "A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth." Dorothy Baughman is now with her Creator. At least one very wise man (and a good poet), King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, thought that situation was preferable to being stuck forever in earthly struggle. Being a man of faith myself, who am I to disagree?

Aunt Dorothy's obituary was published in Grand Junction's Daily Sentinel on on June 27, 2010. Here is the text:

"Baughman April 3, 1926 – June 7, 2010 Dorothy L. Baughman died at her home on June 7, 2010. Dorothy was sixth of the ten children of Irvin and Eula Baughman. She was born on April 3, 1926 in Grand Junction and spent most of her life in Grand Junction. She also lived in San Diego County, California for about a dozen years. Dorothy graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1944 as co-valedictorian and received her undergraduate degree in education at Colorado University and a master's degree in librarianship from Denver University. She was always proud of her education. She taught in Western Colorado secondary schools for many years in the areas of math, physics, chemistry and geology. She worked at the National Research Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM and Livermore, CA during the 1950's. Before her retirement in 1993, she worked as a medical transcriptionist. Dorothy was a past Matron of Eastern Star Sunshine Chapter #53 and long time member of PEO. Although she never married or had children of her own, Dorothy considered her 23 nieces and nephews to be her "own special kids". Dorothy was very fond of her family and enjoyed being the family historian. She was one of few family members that had attended all of the family reunions that started in 1949. She also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, nature study, bird watching, reading (especially politics and religion), gardening, cooking, sewing, and listening to classical music. In her younger years she played the violin, performing at weddings and other special occasions. She was a current member of Monument View Bible Church and enjoyed Bible study. Dorothy especially enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Grand Mesa, and was always willing to take a family member or friend along to share those special times. She loved to travel and spent many happy times with her sisters, cousins or friends exploring new areas of the country. Dorothy was a lifelong Republican and closely followed current political events. Dorothy was predeceased by seven of her siblings, Lois Baughman, Bob Baughman, Ted Baughman, Mildred Wilkenson, Wayne Baughman, Richard Baughman, and Shirley Jones. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Baughman of Denver and Beth Darnell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, seven cousins, 23 nieces and nephews and many friends. Aunt Dorothy will surely be missed by family and friends - but never forgotten. The Baughman family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital, Dr. Mary Clark, Visiting Angels and the nurses and staff at Alpine Hospice for the special care given to Dorothy the past few months. Also special thanks to all her friends at Independence Village. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the Masonic section of the Grand Junction Municipal Cemetery followed by a gathering of family and friends at Monument View Bible Church, 1173 17 1/2 Road in Fruita. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Alpine Home Health and Hospice, 602 Jackson St., Clifton, CO 81520 or to the Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado."

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