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Obituary for Shirley N. Baldwin

Born: February 18th, 1927
Passed Away: May 6th, 2015


On May 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM Shirley Neoma Baldwin (Cass) went to be with Jesus. Shirley was born in South Dakota on February 18, 1927 and was adopted and raised by Lois Alberta Cass after her father; Avery Charles Cass was killed in a horse and buggy accident; Shirley was too young to remember him. Her mother Mrs. Cass started a legacy of faith which Shirley carried on and will be seen in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She could never say enough about her mother, raising 6 kids on her own during the great depression, so it was mostly through difficult times. Faith in Jesus and walking in that faith was always the message. Shirley met Stanley Baldwin at the Sears Tower in Chicago and on July 18, 1950 they married in Sherburn, MN. Stanley passed away in April of 1990. Shirley was a homemaker but took on several service orientated jobs until her later years. Shirley was a member of Family Worship Center of Baton Rouge, LA. Pastored by Jimmy Swaggart. If you knew Shirley at all, you knew she loved Jimmy Swaggart and his gospel music. Shirley ventured out into Face Book with the rest of us younger folk when none of her peers dared, and we all got our fill of Youtube videos of Swaggart and other southern gospel groups from years past. Shirley spent hours combing the internet for her favorite gospel singers and then sharing what touched her heart the most. She believed this was her ministry to friends and family on Face Book. Shirley captivated people with her laughter and smile; she lived in the joy of the Lord. Shirley was honest with others and about herself. She would joke with you about how stubborn and persistent she was and if you knew her this was no secret. She would not and did not compromise on her stand in Biblical truths which is very unpopular in this day and age, yet she did not stop loving and forgiving. She loved and worried about her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Momma Shirl was always there. She was steadfast and anchored in the word, and prayed always. She carried herself with a sense of naivety and yet there was deep wisdom. She was eloquent but you knew she would get her hands dirty. She wanted to have fun and laugh, but there was a seriousness about life that guided her. This seriousness was about eternity and what Jesus did for all of us. Her Bible is worn, and the pages from beginning to end are filled with underlined and highlighted passages; margins filled with notes. She wanted everyone to go to heaven. Her days and nights were filled with prayers for all of us. What could be greater than this? Her greatest legacy was her steadfast faith in God. No matter what circumstances she was facing, Jesus and her angels were always there helping her. She would never dream of having any anger or an inkling of blame towards God for difficult times in her life. She is gone on to be with Jesus, but her legacy lives on in many of her family and friends who loved her as their grandmother, mother, sister, or friend. Shirley was such a blessing to so many and she will be and is greatly missed. She is survived by her children,Steve Baldwin and his wife Patsy of Anderson MO., Tracy Baldwin and his wife Glenda of Ozark MO., Cindy Thompson and her husband Mark of Muskegon MI. She was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 10 great grand children; siblings; Gayle Eileen Polonus of Pequot Lakes MN., Maxine Lois Kobes of Sutherlin OR., and Coleman Calvin Cass of Lancaster CA. She was preceded in death by; parents, Lois Alberta Cass and Avery Charles Cass; husband, Stanley Baldwin; brothers, Hubert and Milan (Casey) Cass. Private family services will be held.