Thedra Wylyn Baldwin

  • Born: October 24, 1940
  • Died: March 6, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Austin, TX 78705
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Thedra Baldwin passed away on March 6, 2019, in Austin, Texas at the age of 78.

She was born on October 24, 1940 in San Antonio, TX to Winston and Thelma (Gips) Metz. Thedra was a native Texan, descended from Texas pioneers who emigrated from Prussia starting in 1834 and who fought for Texas Independence in the Battle of San Jacinto. Her family later settled in Yorktown, TX where Thedra made many happy memories with her beloved grandparents.

She attended Trinity University and West Virginia University where she majored in home economics with a specialization in child development.

On December 20th, 1958, Thedra married Richard Baldwin. She met Richard, a West Virginia native, when he was a staff sergeant stationed at Kelly Air Force Base. They were married for over 60 years and together they raised five children.

Thedra had a passion for quilting, gardening, reading, creating a warm and loving home, and caring for her family. Her energy was boundless, earning her the nickname of the energizer bunny. In addition to raising her own children, she took an active role in caring for and educating her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have fond memories of reading books, playing games, working jigsaw puzzles, going on road trips, watching musicals, cooking together, and building Lego sets with Thedra. The holiday celebrations she created and hosted were magical and her home was a warm and cozy gathering place for her large family.

Thedra was preceded in death by her father, Winston, her mother, Thelma, her daughter, Carol, and her grandson, Andy. She is survived by her husband, Richard, daughter Lori, son and daughter-in-law Rick and Marcie, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Jennie, daughter, Julie, grandsons Zak, Julian and Micah, great-grandchildren, Nathan and Anna, granddaughter-in-law, Dana, and brother William.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church and Remembrance Gardens, 4214 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746.

Thedra passed to an eternal life in Heaven while in the loving care of her family and the staff at Austin Hospice Christopher House. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to:

Hospice Austin
4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78759

Condolence & Memory Journal

I loved having Thedra as my cousin. She was so compassionate and loving. I was inspired by her cooking, parenting and quilting skills! We had many interests in common - the main one being our family history!
I cherish the quilt that she made for me after the fire and I think of her every morning that I make my bed. I'll miss her terribly. My heart goes out to her family...they meant the world to her!

Posted by Jeri Winslett - Smithville, TX - Family   April 08, 2019

Well, sorry about getting the date wrong as to when we moved next door to Thedra and Dick. Instead of 1988 (when we left Austin), we moved next door in 1973. That should make a little more sense to family members.

Posted by Lou Anne Smoot - Tyler, TX - Neighbor   March 29, 2019

Thedra was the best neighbor anyone could ask for. Soon after we moved next door in 1988, she was inviting our three young sons to their home to play with her boys, who were about the same age. Soon thereafter I reciprocated and had her sons over to our home. It wasn't long before all our children felt as if both homes were open to them as they flitted back and forth--playing inside the houses, in the yards, riding bikes in our cul-de-sac, and sometimes climbing over the back fence where they explored the deep gully and wilderness area. Occasionally, while the children played, Thedra and I would set up lawn chairs outside, keeping our eyes on the young ones. That gave us the opportunity to relax and visit, and we both enjoyed those visits. I've never had another neighbor like Thedra. She definitely made my life better, thanks to our friendship. I regret not having one more visit with her.

Posted by Lou Anne Smoot - Tyler, TX - Neighbor   March 28, 2019

I am sorry to hear the passing of your Mom, Tim. Thoughts for you and your family at this trying time.

Posted by Rick Ader - Portland, OR - Friend   March 23, 2019

I remember her from Memorial UMC. She was a great lady and I remember Tim and Julie both well. Prayers for your family at this difficult time. Kim Bennink

Posted by Kim Bennink - Round Rock, TX - Friend   March 21, 2019

Richard, sorry to hear about Threda.Fred called to let me and Charlie know. My wife Nancy an I will be praying for you and your family. David Baldwin, Brandon, Missippi (after 35 years in Alaska)

Posted by David Baldwin - Brandon, MS - Family   March 20, 2019

Richard, you and your family are in my prayers. I remember Thedra and yourself coming to visit Mom and Dad in Rocky Gap. I remember thinking how beautiful she was and hoping to grow up to be as pretty. (The thoughts of a young girl.). I pray for God's peace, love, and comfort for you all.

Posted by Diana Tiller-Dichtel - Williamsburg, VA - Family   March 20, 2019

Along with my brothers David and Stephen and my sister Laura, I also grew up living next door to the Baldwin's on Millikin Cove in Austin. My condolences to Dick, Lori, Rick, Tim, Julie and all Thedra's family. The Baldwin's weren't just neighbors, they were like a second family. And Thedra (she'll always be Mrs. Baldwin to me) was like a second Mom. I'll always remember those delicious Mexican food dinners our families shared during the Christmas Holidays. And I'll always remember Mrs. Baldwin (Thedra) with a smile on her face. She made this world a better place.

Posted by Billy Smoot - PASADENA, TX - Neighbor   March 19, 2019

I grew up with Thedra's kids next door to them on Millikin Cove in Austin from 1973 to whenever they moved (~1980?). She was always so kind and happy and loving. My strongest memory of her was her building a clubhouse between her house and ours for us kids to play in. I don't know why but it was shocking to me at the time for a woman to pick up tools and do that kind of work. Loved that clubhouse. My condolences to the family. I will try to make the service.

Posted by David Smoot - Pearland, TX - Neighbor   March 19, 2019

Thedra's family was blessed to have such a caring and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. May your memories provide many moments of joy. R.L. Martinez

Posted by RL Martinez - Austin, TX - Coworker   March 18, 2019

Thedra was very special. I agree with everything said about her. She Was loved and will be missed by her family and many others.
Love and prayers,
Raye and Raymond

Posted by Raye Williams - Crawfordsville, IN - Family   March 18, 2019

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