Former Baldwin Rec Director Wife Killed in Accident

Saturday evening word started circulating that a tragedy had occurred in the family of Steve Friend.  Friend retired earlier this year as director of the Baldwin City Recreation department.  Upon retiring, he and his wife moved to Arizona.

Upon hearing of the accident, I reached out to Friend, his wife did pass away this morning (December 8, 2018)  from her injuries  that she sustained in the accident on December 6.

According to Friend,

Unfortunately, my wife was struck by a car in a parking lot in Queen Creek AZ on Thursday, Dec 6. The impact caused her to hit her head on the pavement which caused massive injuries to her brain and brain stem with no hope for recovery. She passed away on Dec 8 at 10:03 am. She was my best friend, a super mother to 4 boys, 1 niece, and 2 grandchildren, a devoted sister to 3 brothers and 1 sister. In addition, she had many friends. There will be a memorial service in Burlington on Saturday, December 22 with visitation at 10 am and the service starting at 11 am at the Christian Church. She was 65 (6/10/53) and we were married 36 years.

The Gazette offers our deepest sympathies to the Friend family.