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Bernell Baldwin

April 10, 1922 — September 13, 2015

Uriel Bernell Baldwin was born April 10, 1922, to Rev. William and Gertrude Wells McNeill in Upper Tract, West Virginia. She passed away September 13, 2015, in Wichita, KS.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Dr. William J. Baldwin and grandson, David Schaeffer.

Bernell is survived by her children, Janice (Don) Schaeffer, Ozawkie, KS, Judy (Ron) Oliver, Wichita, KS, Joyce (Jimmy) Denton, Hot Springs, AR, Phil (Peggy) Baldwin, Wichita, KS and granddaughters Megan (Zach) Jones, Durango, CO and Erin Baldwin (fiancé Rob Koehn) Wichita, KS.

Bernell married Bill, a ministerial student, in 1940 following graduation from Republic High School, Republic, KS. Together they served EUB and United Methodist pastorates throughout Kansas for 45 years. She completed LPN training at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, in 1962. Three months after graduating Bernell was handpicked for the original nursing team at the world’s first monitored intensive care unit at Bethany Hospital. She continued critical care nursing in Chanute, Topeka, Iola and Halstead hospitals having earned her RN degree at the Stormont-Vail Nursing School in Topeka.

Bernell loved her family though writing and storytelling were a close second. She loved the KU Jayhawks, WSU Shockers, and being Scottish. As a freelance writer for the Wichita Eagle she enjoyed a fan base for her articles, short stories and two novels, Ordination and Preacher Bill’s Bats in the Belfry. Bernell expressed her faith in Christ through social justice issues and writings. Her favorite Bible verse, penned by another writer, Saint Paul, was “…Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,…think about such things…Put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Phillippians 4:8-9 NIV)

Visitation will be held September 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, KS. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 16 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Restlawn Garden of Memories in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to First United Methodist Church TV Ministry, Wichita, KS, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Youthville’s Ember Hope. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.
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