Elizabeth Ann 'Beth' Baldwin

Attorney, 53Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Baldwin, 53, of Astoria, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, in Astoria.

Ms. Baldwin was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Fargo, N.D., to Ronald Baldwin and Rae Wiig Sullivan Baldwin. Her mother survives, residing in Tigard.

At the age of three, her family moved to Oregon. She graduated from high school in Eugene, then attended Portland State University and earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Oregon. In 1976, she graduated from the University of Oregon Law School and passed the Oregon State Bar exam to practice law in Oregon and federal courts. She practiced law in Eugene before starting work with the Lane County Public Defender's Office in 1977. In 1981, she moved to Astoria and opened a private practice on Bond Street. She was a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Criminal Defense Association and National Association of Criminal Defenders. Her partner says she was the best and brightest criminal defense attorney, who practiced law on her own terms for 22 years, and stood up for clients, friends and animals, especially dogs.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, Linda Rigutto of Hillsboro; two brothers, Jeffery Baldwin and Jay Christopher Baldwin, both of Gresham; her partner in practice and life for 27 years, Fitz-Randolph Moore; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A private wake will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge in Astoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, 1315 S.E. 19th St., Warrenton, OR 97146, or the North Coast Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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