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Margaret Baines

Margaret “Peggy” Baines passed away at age 95 on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022. She is survived by her daughter Nancy and her son-in-law Rick Kopf who lived right next door to Peggy and enjoyed a daily bond of love and support. Peg is also survived by grandson Jonathan and partner Lindsey who live right around the corner on beautiful Lake Cable, and granddaughter Courtney and grandson-in-law Michael who reside in Lakewood, and her sister Nancy (Ray) Dickerson.

All of us adored Grandma and enjoyed so many fond memories of her stories, her quick wit and humor, and always were amazed by her memory!  Her late husband Edward Baines was her partner of 60 years who passed away in 2011. Together they crafted a life of love, family and contentment which is infused into those they left behind.

Peggy was a proud and worthy member of “the greatest generation” and propped up our nation during the WWII including several jobs that helped support the war effort. Her husband Ed was a Navy Sailor who earned five battle stars in the war in the Pacific. Peggy graduated from Massillon High School and attended Kent State University. She was a female trailblazer of the time by pursuing both work and education that enriched her life.

Though Ed and Peggy were dedicated servants of their community and their nation, they had no shortage of fun and getting a kick out of life. Peggy and Ed were proud members of the National Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and traveled the country in treasured vehicles that they often repaired and refurbished with their own hands. On one particular trip, Ed and Peg scaled the highest peak in the U.S., Mt Washington, in one of their antique cars.

Peg also loved football and was a staunch fan of the Massillon Tigers and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Paul Brown, who was the head coach of The Tigers when Peg was in high school, was revered by Peggy. So much so that she became a Bengals Fan when he was fired by Art Modell, the owner of the Browns. She went back to being a Browns fan when Modell was no longer the owner of the Browns!

In Peggy’s final days, all of those who knew her were reminded of her survivor strength being a child of the depression, a domestic wartime hero, and a cancer survivor in the early 1980s (when the doctors had only given her six months to live). Peggy was an adventurer and a homebody, a fan of celery and cheeseburgers alike, a person of strength and a soft-hearted family woman. There was nothing she couldn’t do. We miss her, but we will never be without her.

A gathering in Peggy’s honor will be held with immediate family only. Donations can be made in her honor to the Stark County Humane Society. Condolences and fond memories of Peggy can be shared with her family online at

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