Dorothy Lee Baker
August 29, 1925 – September 30, 2019
Dorothy Lee Scott Baker died on Monday, September 30, 2019.
Dorothy was born on August 29, 1925, in Newton, Mississippi. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Roy Baker, her parents, Cecil Garrett Scott and Ena McMullan Scott Cain, her brother Cecil G. Scott, Jr. and sister-in-law, Sue Turnage Scott, and her son-in-law, Vernon Paul Fraize. Dorothy loved her Lord, her family, and her friends.
She spent her elementary and high school years in Council Bluffs, Iowa. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she attended Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi where she obtained a B.A. in English and social studies. She later received her master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught in Ohio, Mississippi, and Clarke Memorial Junior College before moving to North Carolina and teaching at Cary High School for twenty years. She taught for a total of thirty-six years. A dedicated teacher, she took great pride in the accomplishments of her students. She made many trips to New York and to England with her Cary High School senior English students.
In 1948 she married Joe Baker, and they were wed for fifty-three years until his death in November 2001. They had a wonderful marriage and had three daughters and a son. Their lives focused on their family, education, and their church.
After retirement in 1987, they went to Wiesbaden, West Germany, where they volunteered for two years with the European Baptist Convention, serving with the Southern Baptist Convention. They enjoyed living in Germany and enjoyed travelling throughout Europe while there.
After 2001 Dorothy and her sisters travelled extensively across the United States (including Alaska), and Canada. They camped in style in a conversion van with a microwave, tv, and a 2 burner stove.
Dorothy was active in both the Cary First Baptist Church and Westwood Baptist Church where she served as a deacon, teacher, the Women’s Missionary Union Director, and taught in the church’s ESL program. She made many mission trips and sewed hundreds of shorts and dresses for children wherever her church sent missionary teams.
She dedicated herself also to rearing her children and was proud of each of them. She is survived by her daughters: Joanne Baker Miles (Bud) of Greensboro, Jean Baker Griffith of Charlotte, Martha Baker Fraize of Graham, and her son, Bob Baker (Dianne) of Winston-Salem; her grandchildren Ben Miles (Lyn), Julie Miles, Brian Baker (Katy), Lauren Baker Christmas (Jay), Meredith Baker Ainsworth (James), Amy Griffith Lange (Shawn), Scott Griffith, Brooke Griffith, Jeremy Fraize (Christina), Jason Fraize (Carissa), and Kyle Fraize; her great grandchildren Luke Miles (Caroline), Chelsea Miles Nuzum (Justin), Rheagan Miles, Jacob and Lily Christmas; Jack, Andrew, and Caroline Baker; and Anna Grace and Elizabeth Ainsworth, Abram and Baker Lange, and Jacob, Mason and Hailey Fraize, and Ben and Bella Rodriguez. She has three great-great grandchildren: Spencer and Emmie Miles and Rowan Nuzum. She is also survived by her dear sisters, Mary Scott Roe of Savannah, Tennessee, and Martha Scott Cook of Watkinsville, Georgia and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Westwood Baptist Church.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Westwood Baptist Church or to the charity of their choice.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019
Dorothy Lee Baker
October 5, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your family’s loss. I was fortunate enough to have had Mrs. Baker as a senior in 1967-68. Without reservation, she was, in great part, responsible for my academic successes in both undergrad and graduate schools. From literature to grammar, she created a learning environment that impressed upon me a love of learning and of language. I carry that love to this day. I am so delighted that I got to see her at last year’s 50th reunion. My deepest condolences.
Monica McGraw Cunningham
October 4, 2019
I also attended Carolina and truly thought the English classes at Carolina (and I adore my alma mater) were a cake walk compared to Mrs. Baker's Honors English class. She challenged me like I had never been challenged before. I remember one paper - I wrote four drafts before she FINALLY wrote, "Well done". That was all I needed. I don't even remember the final grade.
Joyce Sigmon (McSorley)
October 4, 2019
I will join Debbie and Lisa in stating that I, too, had Mrs. Baker for English. She definitely held her students to the highest of standards! I felt challenged everyday in her class! My brothers also had Mrs. Baker as their teacher. I remembering looking through my older brother’s (Steve) folder of work he had saved from her class. I didn’t think I would ever be able to meet her expectations, but I am so grateful to have experienced her knowledge and expertise.
No doubt she has touched many lives and will be forever remembered and missed!
Forgive me, if I have made any grammatical errors in my message!
October 4, 2019
I, too, had Mrs. Baker for Senior English in 1974-1975. Several of us went on to Carolina - and we all swore that she was the one responsible for helping us navigate the challenging tasks of "writing papers" in college, no matter what the subject was. She was easily the hardest teacher I had in high school - and the one I learned the most from (yes, I just ended a sentence in a preposition).
October 3, 2019
I had Mrs. Baker in Senior English at Cary High School 1974-1975.
She taught me so much. She had a great spirit and was an excellent teacher. She was always wanting us to do better for ourselves. She was strict but compassionate. I was so lucky to have her as a teacher and a mentor. All of us students will miss her but thank her for being such a great teacher in so many ways.
October 2, 2019
Joanne and family,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a dear friend to my mother, and I have many good memories of the two of them together.
I know you'll miss her,
October 2, 2019
My condolences to Mrs. Baker's family. Take comfort that Mrs. Baker touched thousands of lives. As a Cary High School graduate, Class of 1981, I was blessed to have had her for a teacher. She was tough, but fair, and effective. One of her many accomplishments, is a legacy of so many literate former students. God bless.