Published August 26, 2021
Published August 26, 2021
Martha passed away peacefully at May Court Hospice of Ottawa on August 21, 2021. She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Michael Gavin Campbell Baird M.D., and their two children Christopher Michael Baird, his wife Christina Jean (née Scott) and their three children, Michael, Benjamin and Anna, of Ottawa; and their daughter Julianne Mary Baird, and her three children, Sophia, Monica and Matthew Guy of Beaconsfield, Quebec.
Michael and Martha married in St. Columban Church in Cornwall on August 24, 1968. They lived in Ottawa, ON, Kingston, ON, and on the Upper Rideau Lake in the Township of Rideau Lakes, ON.
Martha’s parents, Mary Caroline Hattie (Wynne) of Glen Stewart, ON, and John Patrick Quail of Cornwall, ON, predeceased her. Martha is also survived by her brother, Ranald Andrew Quail (the late Marie Ruth Arseneault, the mother of his children, and the late Sonja Carol Henderson) of Navan, ON, and his three children, Mary Cathryn “Cathi” Begley (Terry) of Whitby, ON; Deborah Ann Blier (Peter) of Ottawa, ON; and John Patrick Quail (Monique Mousseau) of Aurora, ON.
Martha was born in the Cornwall General Hospital on December 5, 1946. She attended St. Columban Girl’s School and Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. After high school, she attended the University of Ottawa and graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree. Martha was a nurse and assistant head nurse in the Emergency Room of the Ottawa General Hospital on Bruyère Street. She retired from nursing to raise her family.
Martha was passionate about her children’s and grandchildren’s academic and athletic pursuits. She put tireless effort into making every day valuable. She leaves behind a legacy of sage advice, always inspiring her family to live their best life. She has left us with many cherished memories together around the Christmas tree and dinner table. Martha’s greatest gifts to those who knew her were her smile, laugh, friendship and love.
Special thanks, for the wonderful care, to the Clinical Hematology group of The Ottawa Hospital, May Court Hospice of Ottawa, and her palliative care team of Max Hamlyn RPN of At Home Hospice, Dr. Priscilla Bright and Dr. Kamla Swami.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Cross Church on Walkley Rd., Ottawa, on August 27, 2021. Inurnment in Capital Cemetery, Prince of Wales Dr., will take place at a later date. Please donate to May Court Hospice of Ottawa or a charity of your choice, instead of flowers. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.capitalmemorial.ca.