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Madie Gibson Baulch

Posted on: June 24, 2024

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Madie Gibson was born in Bond, Mississippi, in 1919 and attended Harrison-Stone-Jackson Agricultural High School and Junior College, now known as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. It was at the junior college that she met James Baulch, its bookkeeping instructor and business manager. They married in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1940. They had three children born in North Carolina and Kentucky.

Madie was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her children and thirteen grandchildren. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Slidell, Louisiana, having held numerous positions on church boards and committees. One of her greatest gifts was her contributions to the Altar Guild and, more directly, the talent she had with the flower arrangements for the church services. When Jim entered semi-retirement, they enjoyed travels to West Germany, Austria, England, Canada, and Brazil.

Life was difficult for Madie after Jim died in 1992 as her dementia progressed. In September 1997 she moved from Slidell to Morningside Assisted Living in Franklin, Tennessee. As her mind deteriorated, she spent time in NHC Place of Franklin and then moved to Southern Care in 2007. In 2008 she moved to Claiborne Hughes Health Center in Franklin. It was there that she had a major stroke in July 2009. The children were summoned, and one or more of them was usually at her bedside until her death on July 9th.

Her children and older grandchildren hold fond memories of who she was before this disease took away her precious mind. In earlier years she would hum along to familiar hymns, but even that was gone in her latter years. It was such a sad way for her life to end. May “Racing to End Alzheimer’s” help fund the care and the cure.