Bengala “Bennie” Flores Baird, surrounded by her family, left her earthly home May 22, 2019, to join her loved ones in heaven. She was born Nov. 8, 1929, to Vicente and Oliva Estrada Flores and was raised in the Mormon Colonies of Colonial Juarez, Dublan, Mexico. Bennie attended school at the Juarez Academy and moved to Arizona to continue her education. Utah became her home as she moved to work at the Holy Cross Hospital and attend nursing school. Along came the love of her life who stole her heart. She married Marvin Rex Baird on Sept. 21, 1949. Together they raised six children: Terry (Jan), Vincent, Robin (deceased) (Annette), Todd (Leslie), Kenna Aagard (Ted), Kathy Jo Caldwell (Chris), and were blessed with 23 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple on January 9, 1963.
Bennie worked in their family businesses, the Dairy Queen, The Milk House, Bonneville, Teddy Bears, Skyline and Netty’s Drive In. She was also a volunteer aide at the Willow Elementary School. She loved people and built many lasting relationships with the community of Grantsville that she loved so much.
Bennie was an excellent cook and will be forever known for “Grandma Bennie’s” Mexican enchiladas and salsa. She was kind and generous, was a good listener and always had a piece of advice for others. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Bennie is an avid Coca-Cola collector and loved her Coca-Cola Christmas tree. Her greatest joy was her family where she taught them to have a strong work ethic. Her family meant the world to her and she was proud of her posterity.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings in her lifetime. She especially loved being a den mother to her Cub Scouts and working in the name extraction program. Bennie loved genealogy and stories about her ancestors.
Bennie is survived by her five children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchild; brother, Rey Flores (Grantsville); along with many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her son, Robin; parents; sister, Oliva; and brothers, Lemuel, Arturo, Daniel, and Vincent.
The family would like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice for their love and compassionate care during the last months of her life.
A viewing will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 6–8 p.m., at the Grantsville Stake Center, 550 E. Durfee St. Funeral services will be held at the same address Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 12 p.m. with a viewing prior to the services from 10–11:30 a.m. Interment at the Grantsville City Cemetery.