June 10, 2013

Gertrude Baird Brummett

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Gertrude Baird Brummett, 100, of Corbin, Ky., passed away Monday, June 3, 2013,  at the Christian Health Center.

Born in the Blackwater area of Laurel County, Ky., she attended Laurel County schools, graduated from Sue Bennett College and attended Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College.  She had been a teacher in the Laurel County School System, and later in partnership with brothers, Clifford and Francis, owned and operated Baird and Brummett Grocery Store.  She was a member of Mount Salem Primitive Baptist Church.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dora Hale Baird; and her siblings, Clifford Baird and wife Louise, Francis Baird and wife Susie, Thomas Beckner and wife Marie, Rosa Beckner Stewart and husband Wilson, Jim Cal Baird and wife Myrtle, Delila Baird Taylor, Dwight Baird, and Ulysses Baird.

Her survivors include a daughter, Doralene Webb and husband, Ned; granddaughters Heather Kessler and husband, Bruce, and Melanie Gabbard and husband, Jesse; great-grandsons Todd and Evan Kessler; great-granddaughters Sarah and Emily Kessler and Avery Gabbard; and special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home will began at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 with the funeral service following at 4 p.m., led by Chaplain Joan Schlesing.

Interment was at Cumberland Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Corbin Presbyterian Church.

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