Martha Pollard Baird, 66, of Amarillo died Monday, April 30, 2018.
Memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Martha was born June 19, 1951, in Amarillo to Ted and Timmye Pollard. She bravely battled polio as a child and post polio syndrome in her last years.
Martha was a practicing nurse midwife for years, spent over a decade training nurse practitioners at UCLA. She developed and directed the Obstetric and Gynecologic Nurse Practitioner Program at Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles and the curriculum of the UOP Nurse Practitioner Program. She then returned to her hometown of Amarillo nearly 10 years ago to care for her Dad and Mom in their later years.
Since being back, she became active in her church, wrote grants for 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, and Amarillo Housing First, where she served as board president. Her exemplary life was dedicated to helping others. Martha was a driving force for the “Code Blue Team” to keep the homeless community warm this winter. She passed when warm weather arrived and as always her timing was on point. Martha was a mentor and inspiring role model to so many in the Amarillo community – we all wanted to be like her when we grew up! AHF will honor her life and memory while continuing the unfinished work of housing the homeless. Quoting Renea Dauntes, “Amarillo lost an incredible advocate today. Fierce, funny, and fabulous… there will not be another like her.”
She loved music, her family and her partner, Cathy.
Survivors include her partner, Cathy Proctor; two sons, Gary Baird and fiancée of Jessie Wright, of Rodeo, California, and Mark Baird and wife Crystal, of Amarillo; a sister, Evelyn McLane and husband, Jim, of Denver, Colorado; and two brothers, Rick Pollard and wife, Kathy, of Houston, and Wayne Pollard and wife, Seka, of West Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Amarillo Housing First and 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, in her name.