Reflections of A Life Well-Lived and Loved…
Her courage, her smile, her grace, and her ‘larger than life qualities’ are just a few words that personified Lucinda Michell Baldwin Burns, who entered eternal rest Friday, October 8, 2021, at Atrium Health-Stanly, Albemarle, North Carolina. Affectionately known to family and friends as “Moosie”, she was born November 26, 1964, in Stanly County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Rosa Mae Baldwin and Benny Moss who preceded her in death. “Moosie” had a powerful beautiful, contralto voice that was distinctive and unforgettable. Today the music is quiet, the sun has set but “Moosie’s” memory and life were a gift to so many and we were truly blessed to have known her. She gave generously through her talents of song, cooking, love, and laughter to all she encountered. “Moosie” will be missed, and we are comforted knowing, she is soaring with the Angels.
Educated in the Stanly County public schools, she graduated in the class of 1982 from Albemarle Senior High School, Albemarle. “Moosie” was an extraordinary cook, and it is no surprise that her chosen profession was as a chef with Aramark Enterprises. She was also employed with the Wiscassett Mills Company, Albemarle.
“Moosie” and her family were life-long members of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Albemarle. A servant leader, she was a giver, a doer and worked tirelessly in her church. Never idle, she served as president of the Mass Choir, president of the Pastor’s Aide Auxiliary, Praise and Worship leader, Trustee Board member, Culinary Ministry member, and participated in many other church programs that are too numerous to name. ‘’Moosie” loved cooking for her family and friends. She was family oriented and enjoyed lending a helping hand by caring for her grandchildren and other family members. She can be referred to as the community resident soloist. Even if she did not feel well, she would make time to assist a bereaved family with a heart rendering song for the homegoing services or prepare a fantastic dish that could be enjoyed by the family. She shared her talents and her time unselfishly with Stanly County and the surrounding communities.
She has finished her course and wears a crown of righteousness as she joins her parents and her siblings: Christopher Ingram, Vanessa Baldwin, Gwendolyn Baldwin, Gary Baldwin, and Zander Robinson in a place of tranquility and peace.
“Moosie” always brightened our days and kept things fun and lighthearted. Loving memories will forever remain in the hearts of her daughters: LaToya Baldwin and Essence Burns; son: Eric Baldwin; grandchildren: Isaac Young Jr., Marley Still, Eriyanna Baldwin, Eryah Baldwin, Eric Baldwin Jr., and Mason Parks; sisters: Jannie McDonald, Barbara Joiner, Monica Baldwin, Cynthia Baldwin, Linda Jo Rose, Vanessa Ingram, Victoria Ingram and Karen Ingram; brothers: Ronald Baldwin, Eddie Baldwin, Shawn (Tomeika) Baldwin and Barry Ingram; uncle, Bobby Baldwin; aunt, Emma Tyson; God sister, Darkisha “Dee” (Harry) McLendon; special friends: Walter Smith, Erica Williams and Pamela Smith; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.