Barbara Jean Baynes

November 19, 1952 - August 6, 2019

Barbara Jean (White) Baynes, 66, of Bloomington died August 6, 2019 at her home after a 10 year battle with cancer.

She was born on November 19, 1952 in Bloomington, Indiana to Clarence “Whitie” and Alma Jean White. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1970.  She married her devoted husband, Samuel Joseph Baynes, on November 20, 1971.  

Raising a family, while operating the Baynes family dairy farm alongside her husband, was her primary occupation.  Even with those two great responsibilities, she managed to own and operate a cake decorating and catering business for years and was well known for her wedding cakes and her signature icing.  In the 90’s, she and her sister Cathy started Country Sisters, a craft business, which was a staple at many area craft shows selling hand painted wood crafts.  As the children grew, she worked full-time at the Monroe County Extension Office where she was able to mix her work with her love for 4-H. Later she worked at Bloomington Hospital until retirement. She was an active member of the Walk-A-Lot Extension Homemakers Club and a certified Master Gardener.

She spent many hours working in her flower and vegetable gardens and passed the skill of food preservation to her children.  She enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren in all activities.  She spent many hours on cross country courses, at track meets, and at livestock arenas.

She was involved in Boy Scouts with her sons, Girl Scouts with her daughters, as well as the Monroe County 4-H program.  She served as a leader and superintendent in local 4-H programs, as well as a director of various camps where she had an impact on many local youth.  She also helped the grandchildren and other family friends for years with sewing projects.  Barbara had the patience to support and make sure everyone was able to be their best.  Barbara was admired for her talents, compassionate heart, and energetic love of life.  In her last few days, her grandchildren honored her by actively participating and garnering awards at the Indiana State Fair.  

Barbara is survived by her husband of 47 years, Samuel J. Baynes;  children, Michael (Tammy) Baynes, Nathan (Heidi) Baynes, Lindy (Damon) Crain and Elizabeth (Brady) Tragesser, all of Bloomington;  grandchildren, Alexis Baynes, Madeline, Samuel, and Josie Baynes; Annalyssa, Clara, and Hannah Crain; Eliza, Bennett, Barrett, Emelia, Brooks and Everly Tragesser; sisters, Cathy (Bill) Kinser and Mary Ann (Bobby) Headley; brothers, Jim (Trudy) White and Bob (Lori )White; sister-in-law, Patty (Tom) Spencer; Aunt, Janet Paris, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and dear friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Samuel and Faye Baynes; and a nephew, TJ Kinser.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at South Union Christian Church in Bloomington, on Sunday August 11th, where she was a faithful member, friend and servant.  Visitation will be from 2:00-7:00 p.m., with the service starting at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Union Christian Church New Building fund.    

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   Dear Baynes Family,

   I wanted to read this at Barbara's memorial but I'm shamefully scared to speak in public, so I thought I would share what I had written to say.  I tried to keep it short just in case I did get the courage to talk on the mic, but there's so much more I could have said.  She had endless love for her friends and family and so talented in so many ways.  She has left a giant hole in my heart and all of us that knew her.  This is what I was going to read:

   I’ve been friends with Barbara since 1971 when I first started dating Wes and she was dating Sam or Joe as everyone else calls him.  We had many fun times together, once the four of us went to the train trestle in Solsberry and the guys climbed to the top and put Barb and I’s names on it.  We visited each other a lot when our kids were small sometimes their house sometimes ours.  We took cake decorating classes together and she went on to professionally bake wedding, birthday, anniversary cakes etc.  Then as our families grew much of our time was spent at school functions and other activities as the kids got older.  Then there were graduations, weddings and later grandbabies that took most of our time, but we still managed to visit and catch up as we could.  Most recently we worked together with the planning committee for our husband’s 50th Class reunion this past June and she was always so good at this kind of organization as she was at so many things.  She was always ready to help with anything that was needed with whatever occasion would arrive.  Whether it was taking a friend or relative food, driving them to doctor appointments when they were sick or helping with anything that she could, she was there for as Trudy called it “her tribe”.  She was Barbara Baynes!  She was one of my best friends and I will miss her so very much.

   Nancy Roberts

   Dear Baynes Family, it appears I have missed the opportunity to give my condolences in person.  I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this sweet, kind, gentle lady.  I will always remember her as the best Girl Scout Leader, helping us with projects, teaching us to make homemade butter at the Baynes farm.  I still have treasures that she made which I purchased as an adult from her yard sale and from the Monroe County Fall Festival.  Such a wonderful person and such a loss to all who knew and loved her.  Thoughts and prayers to you Lindy, my classmate and fellow girl scout, and to your whole family.    

   Melissa Baker

   Dear Baynes, Crains, and friends of Barbara Jean Baynes, We don’t recall meeting your Barbara, but we had the pleasure a few short years ago of being dinner guests of her daughter, Lindy, and Lindy’s family, Damon (our cousin), Annalyssa, Clara, and Hannah. We were invited by Barbara’s in-laws, Damon’s parents, Mark Crain and wife Eileen, who also invited us to cross country meets, which we understand that Barbara also attended. That night at Lindy and Damon’s home, we witnessed some of the sewing projects, livestock, hunting trophies, and other amazing products of this busy family’s activities. It’s a lovely memory, and from reading Barbara’s obituary, we found that she definitely had a huge hand in all of this. She sounds like an amazing person who is definitely missed. We wish you strength to handle your loss and joy in honoring her memory by doing what you all do best, what she would want you to do. Blessings you all.

  Emily Chuang and Robert Crain

   Sammy I am so sorry you have lost your precious Barbara. She was a true gem of a lady. She came with her sisters to my produce stand just last month and I was so happy to see her out enjoying her day.  I send my most sincerest condolences to you and your family.

   Mila McCullough Norman

   To all the Baynes, I am so sorry to hear of Barbara's' death. My most strong felt condolences to everyone that loved her.

   Drew Packman

   Nate & Heidi, I'm so sorry for your loss.  Please know, you and your family are in my thoughts & prayers.  

   Shelley Smith

   I am so sorry to hear about Barbara’s passing. I have a lot of memories of her from 4-H camp when I was a camper and a camp counselor many years ago. She was a good person. To her family, my sincere condolences for your loss.

   Jake Bartlett

   All of us at the Monroe County Extension office send our love and condolences to Barb's family and friends. Barb's stellar volunteerism with 4-H and her work with the Walk-A-Lot Extension Homemaker club during our fairs will be remembered and celebrated.  

   Courtney Stewart

   I enjoyed being and working with Barbara in Girl Scouting.      

   Polly Tilford

   So sorry for losing Barbara. A wonderful person and patient. My best to Nathan and the family.

   Robert and Ann Wrenn.