OBITUARY: Michele Melanie Baird (Tamez)

Michele Melanie Baird (Tamez) December 31, 1951 – April 8, 2022

On Friday, April 8, Michele Melanie Baird (Tamez), loving sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at age 70 surrounded by family.

Michele was born Erika Maria Dahlke in Regensburg, Germany, on Dec. 31, 1951. She was adopted at the age of 3 by Lt. Col. Jack R. Baird and Evalyn Baird while stationed in Italy. Erika was given the name Michele Melanie by her adoptive parents. As an adopted daughter of a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Michele lived in Italy, Venezuela, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.

After graduating, she met her husband Jose Luis Tamez while living in McAllen, Texas. The two traveled to Oregon, married and had three children: Katherine Tamez, Korina Tamez (Key) and Adam Tamez. The family settled in Vale . . .