Ann "Lolly" Lucia Baker

January 4, 1943February 7, 2021

Ann Lucia “Lolly” Tamborello Baker passed away peacefully Sunday, February 7th, 2021 after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Lolly was born January 4,1943, in Houston, Texas to Dorothy and Joseph Tamborello, the youngest of thirteen children. She attended Holy Rosary School, St. Agnes Academy, the University of Dallas, and the University of Houston. She was the Director of Bayland Community Center in Harris County for 21 years where she met some of her dearest friends.

Lolly was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She had a beautiful smile which she generously shared with all she encountered. Her family and her deep Catholic faith were the most important things in her life. She took enormous pride in her three children and adored her two grandchildren. She had numerous nieces and nephews who shared so much love that each of them liked to think of themselves as “her favorite.” Her Italian heritage was a source of great pride and she dedicated a lot of time researching her Sicilian ancestry.

Lolly discovered calligraphy later in life and quickly became a skilled and very talented artist. She passionately pursued a career as a calligrapher and graciously gifted her family and friends with elegantly addressed wedding invitations and place settings. She also donated her time and talent to various Catholic churches.

Lolly is survived by her three children; Rick Baker and wife, Tracy, Brett Baker, Stephanie Reilly and her husband, Bob Reilly and grandchildren, Patricia Reilly and George Reilly; siblings Marie Aydam, Camille Hill, Punkin Goodman, Sissie O’Connell and Sam Tamborello and wife, Carol; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joseph Tamborello, Charles Tamborello, sisters, Magdalen Van Nes, Dell Tamborello and Mitzie Tamborello.

A Family visitation with Rosary will be held at Earthman’s Funeral home in Bellaire on Thursday, February 11th from 6-8 PM, Rosary at 7pm. Family and friends are invited to attend an in-person or virtual Memorial Mass on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:00am at Holy Rosary Church, 3617 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002. The Memorial Mass may be joined by livestream on Holy Rosary's YouTube channel, or by visiting,

In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Holy Rosary Church.


  • Joseph Tamborello, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Tamborello, Mother (deceased)
  • Joseph Tamborello, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Tamborello, Brother (deceased)
  • Magdalen Van Nes, Sister (deceased)
  • Dell Tamborello, Sister (deceased)
  • Mitzie Tamborello, Sister (deceased)
  • Rick Baker and wife, Tracy, Son
  • Brett Baker, Son
  • Stephanie Reilly and her husband, Bob, Daughter
  • grandchildren, Patricia Reilly and George Reilly; siblings Marie Aydam, Camille Hill, Punkin Goodman, Sissie O’Connell and Sam Tamborello and wife, Carol; as well as many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 12, 2021


Ann "Lolly" Lucia Baker

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Gina Cox

February 18, 2021

Sweet Lolly was a beautiful person and my go-to for advice
on calligraphy matters. I met her at a calligraphy conference and will always be grateful for the fun times we had. I will miss her and think of her often. Comfort and peace to her wonderful family

In sympathy,
Gina Cox

Martha “Twink” Wayburn

February 13, 2021

I think all can agree that Lolly was a beautiful person. I have treasured her friendship for decades. Although we have lived far apart for 50 years, we reconnected 20 years ago and stayed in touch. We talked and texted for the last 10 months and I knew about her fight with cancer. She never complained and didn’t really dwell on herself, but was more interested in me and my life. That is just the way Lolly always was. She was such an inspiration with her great Catholic faith, and always full of hope. I know this closeness to our Lord is what allowed her to be courageous throughout the fight of her life. She was a real treasure to me and so many others and will be missed so much. Her goodness and unselfishness is reflected in her children and grandchildren. RIP sweet Lolly

Joan Shanahan Grigsby

February 12, 2021

As we prepare to view the funeral Mass for Lolly, I am reflecting on her smile , which greeted us each time we saw her. My memories will always include her upbeat spirit and way she embraced everyone equally. She lives on in her beautiful children and in our hearts!

May eternal rest be unto her and eternal light shine upon her!

Renee Jongebloed

February 11, 2021

So hard to put into words feelings for such a beautiful soul as Lolly . Such a selfless , giving person with great faith . She always made me feel so special anytime we were to see each other, always interested, caring and always fun.
Brenda has already said so well all the fun memories at school with Lolly and for me it included the ballet troupe .
Lolly and my Jim always had a special admiration for each other so I am sure he will be happy to see her beautiful smile again .
RIP sweet friend, you will always live in my heart . Love and prayers to her family for I know how sorely she will be missed.
Renee Broussard Jongebloed

Sammy and Carol Tamborello

February 10, 2021

This is a picture that has been on my desk for years
Loiiy and I on Yoakum Houston, Texas

Pat Casey

February 10, 2021

To my classmate in heaven —Kind, inclusive - Beautiful (inside & out). Lolly’s smile & laugh were contagious - a ray of light. Well done good and faithful friend!
Precious memories implanted in my heart.
Pat Casey, OP (St. Agnes Academy, ‘61)

Brenda Beust Smith

February 10, 2021

When I think of Lolly, I think of smiles, laughing, sharing memories of St. Agnes Academy at the Fannin St. school, too many girls stuffed into one car, watching Lolly and friends dancing, singing play-acting on the Auditorium stage (or in the basement!), collecting old newspapers in places parents would NEVER approve to win paper drives to help build the "new school" (on Bellaire, graduated a few years too soon to attend). I think of seeing each other too sparingly through the decades but suddenly -- at least a few including Lolly -- gathering monthly for lunch. So glad!!! Hope to resume soon. That empty chair will mean Lolly is seeing our other lost classmates now and that brings yet another smile.

Sammy and Carol Tamborello

February 8, 2021

Lolly was such a wondeful sister, mother, grand mother or friend to everyone that was lucky enough to have known her.
It was very hard to see your little sister go through what she did in the last few days but seeing all the family love she received was an
inspiration. Now she will join her parents, siblings and other members of her family in Heaven.