Ada May Baas, age 90, of South Rockwood, born December 31, 1931, in a log cabin on Carleton- South Rockwood Road in Carleton. She was the second of four children born on the farm to William and Maude Smith and the loving sister of Pat (Orlin) Williams, Allen (Ruth) Smith, and Bob (Karen) Smith. She graduated in 1949 from Carleton Airport High School where she placed the trumpet.
On October 2, 1954, she wed the love of her life, the late Jackie (Jack) Baas, and raised their two boys in a house they built on South Huron River Drive in South Rockwood. She was known around town for her beautiful red geraniums in their front yard, and eventually, her sporty red Ford Mustang.
Ada would always pitch in for her family. She would hunt for night-crawlers to help make some extra money when her boys were young, and later in life, she was “Aunt Ada” to many nieces and nephews and took great joy in making her famous macaroni salad, cole slaw, and baked goods for family parties.
Sports were also a big part of her life until the very end, watching everything from high school sports to the Lions, Pistons, and UM. She could be found at Airport High School for decades with her foldout chair and MSU hat umbrella, when needed. She never missed her grandsons’ or granddaughter’s games and often beat the buses to away games. She was voted the unofficial 1996 MVP of AHS boys’ baseball and was a proud grandma when the Monroe Evening News published about her, “if Airport has a more active female sports booster than his grandmother of five Jet athletes, ID have to check her date book. Mrs. Baas’ attic must be overloaded with schedules and clippings.”
Ada was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in South Rockwood. She as a fabulous baker and created a long line outside the bazaar day for her pecan tarts.
Her infectious smile and laugh will be missed by many, Mother of Terry (Kathy) Baas and Mike (Lana) Baas. Dearest grandmother to Jason (Christy) Baas, Melissa (Dave) Leslie, Joel (Audra) Baas, Michael (Terra) Baas, Chad (Ashley) Baas, and great-grandmother to Jayse, Brady, Jaxon, Eden, Emersyn, Lincoln, Scarlett, Lucy, and Lilah.
She was reunited with her parents and husband Jack on August 25, 2022.
Memorial Contributions may be made to South Rockwood United Methodist Church.