Wilma Jean Baer

January 14, 2021

Mrs. Wilma “Jean” Kennedy Baer, 91, a former Frankfort resident, passed away January 14, 2021, at Ashe Memorial Hospital, Jefferson, NC. She was born on October 2, 1929, in Putnam County, Indiana, to the late Goldie Lawrence and Clovia Pearl Sutherlin Kennedy.

She moved from Frankfort, IN to Lake Panasoffkee, FL in 1993, and then to Mocksville, NC in 2007.  From there, she moved to West Jefferson, NC.  While in Mocksville, she was a member of Blaise Baptist Church, and joined Bald Mountain Baptist in West Jefferson, once she moved there.

Jean was a past Matron of Order of the Eastern Star, past President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and past President of Zonta International. She attended Indiana Business College and worked as a legal secretary for many years.  In her free time, Mrs. Baer enjoyed puzzles, reading, working in flowers, and had a true passion for traveling.


This service will be live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  To participate, please click the link below:


Visitation and Services

A private funeral service will be conducted at Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort. This service will be live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021. To participate, follow the link on our website. Entombment will take place in the Clinton County Mausoleum, Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be considered for a charity of the donor’s choice.

Survived by:

Survivors include her children, John Baer (Janet) of Avon, IN, and Cherie Monsees (Hal) of West Jefferson, NC; grandchildren, Tony Baer (Rosa), Kyle Baer (Socorro), Nicole Koontz (David), and David Monsees (Samantha); and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:

In addition to her parents and step-mother, Mary Kennedy, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Baer in 2014; and siblings, Kenneth Kennedy and Ella Mae Hunter.


Leave your Condolences

18 Condolences for “Wilma Jean Baer”

  1. Tim & Jeanine Garrison January 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. We’ll remember your family in prayer.

  2. Chuck Snavely January 16, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I’m so sorry.

  3. Susan Davis January 17, 2021 at 7:28 am

    John, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special person. I remember the first time the Frankfort band went to Florida to March in the Citrus Bowl parade. Your mom and dad showed up to watch them. I had a good visit with them. She will definitely be missed.

  4. Terry A. Smith January 17, 2021 at 8:36 am

    John sorry for your loss. Jean was a great lady. East Side Christian Church.

  5. Ron & Connie Kerby January 17, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Fond memories while growing up in high school with John. Wilma took us to our first IU football game in Memorial Stadium which was a big deal for me.

  6. Nancy Harshbarger January 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I want to extend my sincere condolences to John and Cherie. I first met Jean in 1968 when I came to work at Robison & Robison. She was a great mentor. We have continued our friendship throughout the years. May God comfort you both with fond memories and her love. Nancy Harshbarger

  7. Richard and Sandy Brandon January 19, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Our sincere condolences. Richard and I remember your parents as very kind, hard working, genuinely good people, who loved the Lord.

  8. Robert Steele January 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    We loved Aunt Jean. She was a blessing to our entire family. Bob & Pam

  9. Michael Tannenbaum January 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    We will be missing Jean with you. She was so sweet, thoughtful, and kind. We are praying for your family. We love you. Faith and Michael

  10. Linda Galbato January 20, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    John, Janet, Cherie and Hal,
    Please know our hearts are with you today. We watched the webcast and everything was beautiful. Thank you for including us this way. You are in our prayers.
    Lin and Joe

  11. Jane Ashley January 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss and praying for all the family. She was a very special lady.

  12. Howard Ferguson January 20, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    What a great lady, our sympathies.
    Howard and Kelli

  13. Marilyn and Ed Baer January 20, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Watched the service on the website and wished we could have been there with the family to celebrate her life. It was a beautiful service and Jean would have been very pleased. Love and prayers to all. Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Ed.

  14. Alan Redington January 22, 2021 at 3:53 am

    John, So sorry on the passing of your mother. I will always remember the kindness of your mother and father. Please hold on to your precious memories.

  15. Teresa Wainscott Inglis January 26, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    John and Cherie, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. She was a joy.

  16. Michelle Berg January 26, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Jean’s in a better place now with Bob and my Grandma Mason, likely playing lots of card games. Praying for you all. I know Jean had such a wonderful life and loving family. I visited her in Florida a few times a day and of course in Frankfort when I was able to visit. Love to all.
    Michelle and Jim Berg

  17. Kayla McKinney Mann January 28, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your mother fondly from all our years at East Side Christian Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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