Mariel Zina Gough Baird

Mariel Zina Gough Baird passed away August 15, 2021, surrounded by love. She was born May 3, 1943, to loving parents Richard and Aleene Kay Gough. She was the baby of the family and adored by her two older sisters Reva and Janet.

On October 20, 1960, at the age of 17 she married Harold Eugene Baird in Provo, Utah. Together they had five children that  she treasured, Doug, Kelly, J.R., Amie and Jeff. She started selling Avon while raising their children and quickly excelled as a Team Leader. She took a lot of pride in her accomplishments. She was an avid gardener and grew an acre crop of tomatoes that she would sell. She loved having people stop by to admire the beautiful weed free bounty.

At the age of 36 she divorced and started Baird Pest Control. She became a very successful businesswoman. Her story was published, and videos were made to show future generations how successful a woman can be. She took great pride in her home and garden. She was always redecorating or buying new furniture. Her yard was her pride and joy. She received the Washington City “beautification” award more than once.

She was the proud grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She was lucky to find love again in her partner Walter Limb. They married June 16, 2018. He treated her like gold. They loved to travel and had many amazing adventures. Walt took excellent care of her and showed her so much love and compassion.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Richard and Aleene Gough. Sisters Reva Dean Stubbs and Janet Rose. And a great grandson Gunner Bracken.

She was survived by her husband Walter Limb, and children Doug (Denise), Kelly Reed, J.R. (Vicky), Amie (Paul) van der Elst, Jeff (Trisha) Baird  and Walt’s children Michelle Huggins, Claudia (Gilbert) Hearn, Allison Matson ( Billy Hensler), Brandon Limb and Tracy Limb (deceased)

We would like to acknowledge the fantastic nurses and social workers with Intermountain Hospice. We could not have got through this time without this amazing group of people. Special thanks to Dez and Rachel!

A Memorial Service is on Saturday, August 21, 2021, 2:00 pm at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street St. George, Utah.

Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the memorial service on line by clicking on the link below.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Mariel’s online guest book at



Second Visitation


2:00 pm


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


Guest Book

12 Responses

  1. Were so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and yours in this time of sorrow, May you have peace within your hearts.

  2. We’re so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and yours in this time of sorrow, May you have peace within your hearts.

  3. I first Mariel when she was a mother of one of my students. It was so obvious to me how much she loved her children and did whatever was necessary to help them succeed. She then became our “bug lady”. What an awesome example of entrepreneurship, hard work, and integrity. She was a great example to many.

  4. We are very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a great lady. I have used Baird’s Pest Control for many years. She was my neighbor at one time. I thought the world of her and her children. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family at this sad time.

  5. I grew up with Mariel. She always had a gleam in her eye and her robust laugh was wonderful. She was funny and we would laugh all the time when together. Oh, how I loved her. May God help her heal with healing angels surrounding her in heaven. I know I will see her again and unite with Janet and Reva Dean. We all sure got old fast. I have the most wonderful picture of all of us, including Tracey, Rosebud, myself, and Lois at the cabin. What fun we had those few precious days together. I cherish them. I will love her always and forever. Be at peace, Mariel

  6. I loved my Auntie Aunt and we had many a fun time when her and Walt were dating. She was very supportive when I was recovering. She always had a big smile on all the time and a chuckle going… This world will not be as bright without her in it. I know she has made these years better for uncle Walt.

  7. We are so sorry wish you could have had her longer. She was a wonderful person. And she was lucky to have you.

  8. Walt, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Mariel. You both seemed to have a wonderful life together doing all the special things you did. She was a wonderful gardener and kept a beautiful yard. we send our thoughts and prayers to you.

  9. Sorry for your loss my god watch over all of you heal your. Heart the pain of losing some one we love well always be there deep down inside are soul and heart well never be the same . my. God bless and watch over you all .sending prayers .

  10. My Mom and Mariel were such great friends, she moved in across the street from us when Mom pregnant with me Mariel pregnant with Kelly , she was like a second Mom to me, I looked up to respected her and admired her. It wasn’t until I grew up and years later took action to become clean and sober that I realized just what a profound effect she had in my life. When I was going through treatment I reflected on on the lessons I learned from her directly and indirectly and I began to understand why my Mom loved their friendship so much. I am so grateful for them both and the lasting effects of their lifetime friendship. As well, I’m very grateful for the friendship with Kelly. Rest In Paradise Mariel and enjoy the catching up and laughter with my Mom.

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