Virginia L. Baynton
Virginia L. Baynton, 96, of Buckley, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Traverse Manor.
Virginia was born Nov. 20, 1922 in Empire to the late John and Rose (Aeschliman) Lake. Virginia was a lifelong native of the area and attended Central School on Eight Street.
On June 22, 1940 she married the former Alfred P. Baynton in Traverse City.
Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her beautiful flowers and in her later years, playing Bingo. The Detroit Tigers also brought great joy (or frustration) to Virginia.
She worked several years at medical care facilities, now known as the Pavilions. She then went on to work at Munson in the laundry department and sewing room, from where she eventually retired after 13 years.
Virginia was well known for her beautiful skill of knitting and crocheting. Over the years she made many baby blankets, bed dolls, monkey slipper socks and sweater sets. She was very generous with her talent and often made hats and mittens for neighboring needy school children to help keep them warm during the winter. Then in her older years she made countless lap blankets for residents of the nursing home that might need them too.
She was a member of the St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church and enjoyed attending St. Patrick Catholic Church as well.
Above all else, Virginia loved her family and they will all miss her dearly.
Surviving Virginia are her children, Barbara (Wayne) Radcliffe, of Traverse City, John (Jean) Baynton, of Buckley, Loraine (Mike) Hamilton, of Kingsley, Elaine (Mike) Mezzano, of Higgins Lake, and Gary (Shannon) Baynton, of Buckley; her daughter-in-law, Marie Baynton, of Grawn; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred; sons, Bill and Perry; grandson, Roger Baynton and Scott Hamilton; great-grandson, Brennan; seven brothers, William Lake, Charles Lake, Frederick Lake, Dale Lake, John Lake, Edward Lake and Carl Lake; and four sisters, Ida Umlor, Alice Brooke, Rosemary Kluth and Lucille Nichols.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary prayed at 7 p.m., today, Oct. 15, 2019 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery following the services.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Traverse Manor for the great care that Virginia received for the last 16 months.
In remembrance, memorials may be directed to Mass Intentions, the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice.
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The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 15, 2019


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Sr. Barbara Hansen, OP
Oct 17, 2019
My prayers and sympathy, Barbara and family. Remember well Virginia and Alfred and their involvement in church and school at Hannah. Peace be upon you all in this loss of the matriach.
Yvonna & Stephanie
Oct 16, 2019
Our love & prayers are with you all! ❤️
So sorry we were unable to attend, Stephanie was not told until today.
Beverly & Darrell Miller
Oct 16, 2019
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, John and Jean and the entire Baynton family as we say goodbye to Ginny. It was always such a joy to be around your mom whether playing cards at the campground when we all went camping or seeing you all at your Culvers night out for a fish dinner. She had a warmth and zest for life that always brightened our day.

We are so very sorry for your loss and are praying for your comfort and peace.


Darrell and Bev