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Irene Joan Baillie

Aug 8, 2020

Irene Joan Baillie was

born on September 17,

1925 and died peacefully

on Sunday, August 2,

2020 at the Heart of Amer-

ica Care Center in Rugby,

North Dakota surrounded

by her loving family.

Irene was born to Nick

and Johanna (Bickler)

Volk, on the family farm

south of Rugby, attended

a one-room schoolhouse

through 8th grade, and

graduated from Rugby

High School. In the years

immediately following the

Second World War, she

and Duane Baillie, her

childhood sweetheart,

were separated while

Duane was stationed in

Japan. During these

years, she pursued her

education in nursing at

the College of St. Scho-

lastica in Duluth, Min-

nesota. Her wonderful

personality made her a

great ambassador for the


On July 24, 1950, Irene

and Duane were married

in Rugby. But eight

months after their wed-

ding, the Army sent

Duane off again, this time

to Korea. When he re-

turned, their first home

together was a big room in

somebody’s house while

they waited for veteran’s

housing in Fargo. They

lived there until Duane re-

ceived his degree in phar-

macy from NDSU in 1954,

when they moved back to

Rugby. They recently

celebrated their 70th wed-

ding anniversary.

Irene worked at Baillie’s

Drug Store, helping in the

office and on buying trips

with Duane. She sang in

the Little Flower Church

choir, enjoyed evenings

with her bridge club,

Christian Mothers, Hos-

pital Auxiliary, and

spending time at the lake

with Duane, her children,

and her grandchildren.

Irene is survived by her

husband, Duane of Rugby;

son, Frederick (Angela)

Baillie of Rugby;

daughter, Barbara (Robert)

Kennedy of St. Paul, MN;

sister, Emarine Cashin;

numerous grandchildren,

great grandchildren;

several nieces, nephews;

other relatives and

friends. She was preced-

ed in death by her

parents; sisters, Carolyn

Voeller and Dolores Bian-

co and one grand-


In lieu of flowers,

memorials are preferred

to Alzheimer’s Associa-

tion or Little Flower

Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al was held on Friday,

August 7, 2020 at 11:00

a.m. at Little Flower

Catholic Church in Rugby

with burial in the church

cemetery. Father Frank-

lin Miller, Celebrant.

Organist: Glenda Mack

Cantor/Vocal Leader:

Maria Mack

Casket Bearers:Mark

Kennedy, John Kennedy,

Zachary Baillie, Robert Bi-

anco, Bill Bianco & Steve


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:


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