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The Telegram
  • Florence Baum

  • Florence “Sally” Baum, age 97, has gone home to join loved ones that preceded her on this journey, Thursday evening, November 22, 2012, in her home. She had the comfort of loving family members at her side.

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  • Florence “Sally” Baum, age 97, has gone home to join loved ones that preceded her on this journey, Thursday evening, November 22, 2012, in her home. She had the comfort of loving family members at her side.
    The eldest of seven children, she was born on April 13, 1915, in Mohawk, daughter of the late Lyle Beckwith and Ethel Markley Brown.  A lifelong Mohawk resident Sally was a graduate of Mohawk High School.  She continued her education at Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse where she became a Registered Nurse. Sally first worked as a private duty nurse before becoming a case worker for Herkimer County, where she worked for over twenty years. Until her death she had the distinction of being the oldest living graduate of the Mohawk Central School System.
    On June 26, 1936, she was united in marriage with Richard Baum in Mohawk. Together they shared a devoted union for 52 years, until his passing on February 2, 1989.
    Sally had a strong belief in God and was a sixty year member of the Mohawk United Methodist Church and more recently the Jesus Never Fails Community Church in North Columbia. For many years she was a volunteer for the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and was very active in their Blood Services Program. She was also a charter member of the Mohawk Valley Alpiners Hiking Club.
    All who knew her will never forget a loving, caring and generous person. Her greatest joy was doing for others while looking for nothing in return. She will be sorely missed by her family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She is survived by one son, Barrie Baum and his wife, Roberta, of West Coxsackie; two daughters, Crystal Crossett and her husband, Keith, of Newport, Noresta Baum, of Mohawk; two sisters, Laura Baty, of Ithaca, Barbara Morse and her husband Karl, of Mohawk; six grandchildren, Tracey Crossett Conover, Abbey Crossett Schoff, Clint and Kurt Crossett, Mitch and Colson Baum; and eleven great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jonah, Candice and Laila Baum, Tyler, Mariah, Madelyn, Benjamin, Joshua Conover, and Henry and Patrick Schoff. Besides her parents and husband Richard, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Lester, and Lyle Brown, Jr. and one sister, Gertrude “Trudy” Gerhardt.
    Funeral service and interment for Mrs. Baum will be private and at the convenience of the family.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Jesus Never Fails Church, Elizabethtown Road, Ilion, NY 13357.
    The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Jean Horning, Karen Carpenter and Connie Brown for their care and compassion which allowed our mother and grandmother to stay in her home for more than seventy years.
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