Nancy Renee Baird, age 73, of South Elgin, passed away at Presence St. Joseph Hospital on January 12, 2020. She was born in Chicago on June 22, 1946 to her loving parents, Ralph and Irene Mueller (Centner).

Nancy graduated from Forman High School High School, Class of 1964. She went on to work as a transcriptionist for Gallagher Basset insurance in Itasca, IL.

Nancy met the love of her life, Dave Baird in 1993, and the two married and began their lives together in South Elgin in 1994.

Loved ones will remember Nancy as beautiful woman with a warm heart.  She had an infectious laugh and wonderful smile. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and stepmother.

Nancy was a faithful member of Abiding Peace Lutheran Church.  In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, camping and traveling with Dave, and playing with her two cats, Mickey and McGee. Nancy also enjoyed cooking and will be remembered for her delicious pot luck recipes.

Nancy is survived by her dear husband of 25 years, Dave Baird; children Gary (Kathy) Cousins and Jeanne (Dan) Orbeck; stepchildren Bonnie Jeanne Baird, David Lynn Baird, and Sondra (Kevin) Hanenberg; brother Gordon Mueller; stepbrother David Gustafson; and grandchildren Katie and Kelly Orbeck and Lyanne and Brianna Hanenberger.

Visitation will be 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, 9N976 S Randall Rd, Elgin IL 60123. Funeral Service will be 8:00a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, Rev. Joshua Free officiating. Interment to follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL 60421.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Abiding Peace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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