1917 - 2008
Longtime Payson resident, Eleanor Baybrook, died Oct. 5, 2008. She was born Eleanor Olive Waite in Napoli, N.Y. on June 9, 1917 and spent all her youth in western New York.
She and her husband had been full-time residents of Payson since 1974, having moved from Phoenix when she and her husband retired. In Payson they established a mail order book business called Leaves of Autumn Books.
Her poetry was published in “Poets of America” in 1940 and she was one of the first women in New York to receive a pilot’s license just prior to World War II. She loved riding roller coasters and Ferris wheels, and often would accompany her grandson on some of these rides. She was an accomplished pianist and played the piano and organ for the various churches she and her husband attended.
She attended business college in Jamestown, N.Y and while there met a young man, Garwood Baybrook. They met on Jan. 31, 1939, and Garwood asked her to marry him on Valentine’s Day two weeks later. They were married on May 13, 1939.
The Baybrooks and their two children moved to Arizona in 1959.
Mrs. Baybrook worked in several hospitals and doctors’ offices in the Valley as a bookkeeper, an EKG technician and medical secretary, and retired as the manager of a radiology firm in Mesa.
The couple enjoyed traveling, and visited 49 of the 50 states, most of Canada, and made several trips to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The Baybrooks were instrumental in starting the Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church in Payson.
She is survived by her husband, Garwood Baybrook; daughter, Sherry (Don) McDonald; son, Wayne (Sharon) Baybrook; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Payson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 700 E. Wade Lane in Payson.