Patricia Baucum

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Patricia Baucum

Patricia Baucum Patricia Rose Baucum passed away Aug. 6, 2018, in Belleville. Ms. Baucum was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital on March 21, 1953. Raised in Danville, she was member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She was a graduate of St. Paul Parochial School and a 1971 graduate of Schlarman High School. After graduating from Schlarman, she left Danville and went on to obtain a BS in Business degree in 1976 and a BS in Theatrical Arts from Eastern Illinois University in 1979. Ms. Baucum then went on to get a master's degree in theatrical arts from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 1981.
While in school at Ann Arbor she was diagnosed with MS. In 1982, Ms. Baucum moved to Chicago. In 1986 she started work for Columbia College of Chicago, a fine arts school. Ms. Baucum first worked in the college's business office and later as a counselor and placement officer for the college's undergrad program. In 2000, Ms. Baucum medically retired from Columbia and moved to Belleville. Ms. Baucum stayed with her immediate family till her medical condition required nursing home care in 2013. Ms. Baucum died from complications that occurs with the long-term effects associated with multiple sclerosis.
Patricia was preceded in death by her father, Earle W. Baucum Sr.
Patricia is survived by her mother, Rosie Lee Baucum of Belleville; her brother, Earle W. Baucum Jr. of Belleville; two maternal aunts; and the families of many first, second and third cousins.
Those who remember Ms. Baucum from her time in Danville are encouraged to send electronic condolences to the Kassly Mortuary website at And as an alternative, in lieu of flowers, those interested could send a donation to their local National Multiple Sclerosis Society or a needy charity of their choice in honor of Patricia's name.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh. Burial will follow service at Sunset Gardens of Memory, Millstadt, Ill.
Published on August 9, 2018
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