October 17, 1922 - March 19, 2019
Our beautiful Mother Mary Elaine Baldwin Rollema passed away peacefully at the age of 96 after watching an absolute gorgeous sunrise from her daughter’s home in Phoenix, Oregon on Tuesday, March 19th, when God smiled on her and welcomed her home to Heaven. She was a wonderful and loving mother to her nine children who were all born and raised in Southern California: Patricia Marilynne and husband Robert; Edward Stanley and wife Pat; Kenneth Gaylord and wife Carol; Stephanie Colleen and husband David; Terry Keith; Timothy Charles; Judith Rosemary and husband Sam; Kevin Dale and her beautiful JoAnne Elaine who went to Heaven on March 3rd, 2016. She also dearly loved and missed her two husbands, Edward Bayer and Joe Rollema. Mom lived her life to the fullest, using all of the many talents God had given her. She loved the Lord with all of her heart and made sure that everyone she came in contact felt special and loved. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, crocheting, sewing and making quilts, cooking, writing and reading poetry and books, making people laugh, and telling beautifully detailed stories about her life, with her photographic memory. She loved nature, animals, children, wearing beautiful dresses and coats, collecting dolls and watching Dr. Phil, Judge Judy and the news, especially the weather. She had so much fun shopping at the “magic store” which was her code word for thrift stores, because she could always find a hidden treasure to bring home. She was born on a frosty morning in Fresno, California on October 17, 1922 to Alice Bozarth Stason Koslow from Seattle, Washington and Moorman White Baldwin from Lordsburg, New Mexico, who was originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in Ashland, Oregon with her beloved brothers Charles Frances Molony and Stanley Morman Baldwin and also spent time living with her Grandparents who she adored, Frances Stason and Mary Kirby White in Wolfcreek, Oregon where she will be laid to rest. She loved growing up in Ashland with many wonderful childhood memories of her beautiful mother playing the organ for the silent movies, in their family owned movie theater, the Lithia. In the summer, she enjoyed swimming at the Twin Plunges with her brother Stanley and riding her scooter up and down the sidewalks in Ashland and walking through Lithia Park with her beloved father. She loved drinking Lithia water and believed it was the fountain of youth and as usual, she was right. Our sweet mother was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to 28 grandchildren and 44 great grandchildren who she absolutely loved and adored. Her special love for children was apparent her whole life and she was so proud of her beautiful family, who inherited many of her wonderful talents. Our amazing mother will be loved and remembered for the rest of our lives, every single day until we meet again in Heaven. With all our hearts, we love you Mom.
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