Johanna Elizabeth Baiton of Medicine Hat passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the age of 84 years, beloved wife of the late John Baiton. She leaves to cherish her memory six children, Richard (Ellen) Baiton, Roxanne (Scott) Harkness, Hope (Blaine) Fairbrother, Russell Baiton, Mikhaela (Dan) Jennings, and Darcy Baiton; twelve grandchildren, Leander (Alynne) and their child, Max; Tyler (Kat), Christina (Cornell), Troy (Jodi) and their children, Olivia and Keaton; Craig (Samantha), Sylva, John, Jayla (Ali), Jennifer, Dustin (Alannah) and their children, Scarlette and Thomas; Joshua, and Danielle (Matt); two brothers, John (Marguerite) Rehm and Wilfred (Grace) Rehm; one sister, Helen Baiton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Joseph Rehm; her husband, John Baiton; one grandchild, Jevon; one great grandchild, Trai; and her sister, Annie. Mom was an amazing woman and the cornerstone of our family. She exemplified strength, determination, and grace. Mom instilled in all of us the meaning of a hard day’s work and drew her strength from her faith and never waivered no matter what challenges or obstacles placed in front of her. Most importantly, mom lived for her family and friends. She was the happiest when she had all of us around the supper table visiting, reminiscing, and arguing who’s turn to do the dishes. Most importantly, mom filled our hearts and souls with her love and immense light. Mom was an earth angel and will be sorrily missed.
Mom had a gift to make a delicious meal out of nothing. We never went hungry and always had three squares a day. Mom’s ultimate pleasure was pouring her love into baking her award-winning bread, buns, cinnamon buns, deep fried bread, poppy seed roll and pies. Bear in mind, a full batch of bread is time consuming, and mom did not use a mixer, each batch was mixed and “punch down” (knead) by her bare hands, ten minutes at a time, twice for each batch. We can all remember the sound her large Tupperware bin made when she would knead the dough and spin the bin on the chair, she sat it on. She did not waiver from this laborious task, she never complained, in fact she found solace and peace each time she would bake. We would love to share with you our mom’s bread recipe. The only thing that missing ingredient is moms love, you will have to add that yourself. We love you mom and thank you for being you. We love you momma.
Joanne Baiton Bread and Bun Recipe (verbatim out of the Medicine Hat Diagnostic Lab Recipe Book)
18 cups flour
2 Tbsp shortening
2 Tbsp salt
½ cup sugar
1 large potato, cooked
3 tsp yeast
12 cups water, including potato water
Cook potato, mash, and return to water. Set aside to cool. Put flour in a large container. Make depression in centre. Add shortening, salt, sugar, and yeast in the centre. Add warm potato water, mixing at the same time. When you’ve mixed it until you can’t mix with a spoon anymore, start to knead with your hands. Knead at least 10 minutes. Lightly grease dough, set in warm place to rise until double in size. Knead and set again to rise.
After it has risen the second time, shape into loaves for bread or buns, let rise. I also use this same dough for cinnamon buns. Bake bread at 350 F for 35 minutes, buns for 15 minutes at 375F or cinnamon buns at 350F for 20 minutes.
The tribute and funeral service will be held in Holy Family Parish on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 beginning at 10:50 a.m. with Father Iqbal Khurshid celebrant. Due to the restrictions brought forward by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, indoor public gatherings are to be kept to 50 people. Masks are mandatory. The tribute and funeral service will be live streamed for family and friends who are unable to attend. You are invited to watch on www.youtube.com/Medicine Hat Holy Family Church or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6zK-XzuXdDHj79rV6ut_Q. Those who wish to remember Johanna with a donation, may do so to the Carmel Hospice (St. Joseph’s Home). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: email@example.com subject heading: Johanna Baiton.