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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/11/2014 10:55 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/12/2014 08:21 AM
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Phyllis Baekgaard 1929-April 24th, 2014

Phyllis Irene Baekgaard died peacefully at Sonora Regional Medical Center on April 24th brief illness. She was 85. Phyllis was a gentle, kind, loving, free spirit, a generous, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and social service steward. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii she was the daughter of the late Dr.George Sylva Carreiro and Genee Mignon Nagy who put her on a ship to San Francisco when she was 13 to save her from the anticipated Pearl Harbor bombings. The ship ran for weeks without any lights to avoid being spotted. Eventually she was reunited with her parents in California....



Phyllis Irene Baekgaard died peacefully at Sonora Regional Medical Center on April 24th brief illness. She was 85.

Phyllis was a gentle, kind, loving, free spirit, a generous, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and social service steward.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii she was the daughter of the late Dr.George Sylva Carreiro and Genee Mignon Nagy who put her on a ship to San Francisco when she was 13 to save her from the anticipated Pearl Harbor bombings. The ship ran for weeks without any lights to avoid being spotted. Eventually she was reunited with her parents in California. She attended Mills College, Oakland, CA and UC Berkley where she was recruited to work in the American Embassy in Denmark where she met her late husband Peer E. Baekgaard then settled in Winnetka, Illinois. She is survived by their 4 children: P. Erik Baekgaard, Heidi (Patrick) Bornman, Kaaren (Jimy) Sherrell, Siri (Rich) Gilpin and grandchildren Brice and Morgan Gilpin. At 50 years old, she went back to college where she was the oldest student in her classes and was proud to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Services at the National College of Education in Evanston, IL.

Phyllis moved to Sonoma, California in 1991 to be close to her children. In 2001 she married Thomas N. McCracken and moved to Hot Springs Village, AR. He passed away in 2005 and she moved back to her second home in Murphys, CA.

Phyllis always wanted to help people and never quit. While raising her family, working in the family business, Baekgaard LTD and singing and performing for the Wilmette, IL North Shore Harmonizers, she started the Winnetka Food Bank and continued to volunteer or donate to a food bank wherever she lived. She worked at crisis, care and immigrants aid centers, volunteered for Red Cross, was a certified nursing assistant, tutored and her favorite was working at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, CA. At 83 she completed training and became a volunteer Senior Peer Counselor for Calaveras County and was a counselor until her death.

A memorial service will be held on November 8, 2014 at Mountain Christian Fellowship, 3488 E. Hwy 4, Murphys, CA 95247. A service listing with details will be published closer to that time. Donations of food or money can be made at: The Resource Connection Food Bank 206 George Reed Drive, San Andreas, CA 95249-1656 or mailing address PO Box 1656, San Andreas, CA 95249-1656 or call (209)754-1257.


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anticipated bombinge
Posted on: 2014-05-12 08:07:59   By: Anonymous
 
With all due respect to the Lady and her loved ones, Who anticipated the Pearl Harbor bombings?

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    Re: anticipated bombinge
    Posted on: 2014-05-13 11:35:26   By: Anonymous
     
    I probabably should have reworded that. They didn't know exactly that it would be the "Pearl Harbor Bombings" however my Mom told me there were warnings of possible war events so her parents sent her to the main land for safety. The bombings happened while she was on the ship. Thanks for the clarification.

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      Re: anticipated bombinge
      Posted on: 2014-05-13 18:10:05   By: Anonymous
       
      Once again , I mean no disrespect to the Lady or her loved ones but that thing about Pearl Harbor jumped out at me. Thanks for the clarification. R.I.P. Mam.

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