Jean Baird Michael, age 85, of Hudson and Woodbridge, Virginia, a native and former resident of the Matney Community, passed away Monday morning, March 17, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Jean was born October 8, 1928 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Stanley and Zenia Baird. She was secretary for her late husband's company, Dale Michael's Construction in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Jean is survived by her niece and special caregivers, Jennie Williams and husband J.B., and Virginia Yates and husband Andrew, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Clay (Frances) Baird of Gainsville, Florida. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Michael; two sisters, Dessie Ward and her husband Lee, and Obie Rominger and her husband Fred; two brothers, Mitchel Baird and Clay Baird; three half-brothers, Earnest Baird, Dexter Baird, and Floyd Baird; three half-sisters, Florence Phillips, Alice Townsend, and Virginia Dare Cannon; one infant brother, and one infant sister.

Funeral services for Jean Baird Michael will be conducted Thursday morning, March 20, 2014, at 11:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Harvey Presnell, Reverend Joel Cook, and Reverend Michael Falkner. Entombment will follow in the Michael Family Mausoleum in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Matney-Liberty Cemetery Fund, in care of Vanessa Rupard, 1078 Upper Crab Orchard Road, Banner Elk, North Carolina, 28604.

Online condolences may be sent to the Michael family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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