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Tuesday October 5, 2021
10:50 AM
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.
In memory of
Johanna Baiton
January 12, 1937 - October 02, 2021 - Age 84

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: office@pattisonfuneralhome.com subject heading: Johanna Baiton.

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Message from Alice & Ralph Boser October 04, 2021
Johanna was an amazing woman with a huge heart, we definitely have missed her buns.She loved to dance I’m sure she is dancing with the angels
Alice & Ralph Boser
Message from Ruth Bruins October 05, 2021
I was one of the very fortunate ones to enjoy Johanna's bread and buns, which she generously shared at the Diagnostic Lab coffee parties. She was an energetic, hard worker, and always shared a smile and words of encouragement. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Ruth Bruins
Message from Melanie October 05, 2021
I had the honour of caring for Johanna at River Ridge. She was a real gem. Always happy. I knew she must have loved the outdoors because she was always wanting to go for a walk. One day, against the “rules”, I took Johanna and a couple of other ladies for a walk around the facility. I of course got into trouble for doing that little gesture, but I didn’t care. It made all of them so happy and that’s all that mattered to me. After that, she would come to me asking if we could go for a walk again, so of course, I would sneak her out for a bit. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us for a brief time. My deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Melanie
Message from Ria Welbourne October 05, 2021
My memories of Johanna were and are of a wonderful lady who always was ready to help others! She volunteered in our church office and helped me count money on Mondays for many years. She was a joy to be around. May God take you in his arms and keep you close to his heart! My condolence to the whole family!!!
Ria Welbourne