OBITUARY

Bertha Louise Baker

Born July 18, 1926

"Bert grew up on the New Jersey Shore with her identical twin sister, Fran, and her younger sister Pat. She once compared her childhood to the simple, carefree escapades of the character "Scout" in To Kill a Mockingbird. She spent summers with her beloved grandparents, lived on the beach and in the ocean, and ice skated in the winter. After high school, she went to work typing for the government and often double-dated young soldiers with Fran. She met her husband, Reggie Baker, while rollerskating and moved to western New York State and Pennsylvania to raise her five children, Robert, Judith, Bonnie, Brian, and Janine, while her husband worked as a Methodist minister. As a minister's wife, she loved to teach Sunday School and counsel young people. She used these skills when she got a job to help with family expenses, and would often come home from work and share how she had counseled fellow co-workers. After the children moved out, Bert moved to Florida where her home became the hub for family, who had moved all across the county, to reunite. She spent many wonderful hours playing with her grandchildren and enjoying the company of her family. She loved the simple joys of life the most. Her favorite thing was to be with her family, and her children would often plan secret visits to Florida, which became known as "The Baker Surprise." She was known simply as "Mama" to her children, and to their friends as well. She was known as a "fountain of talk and wit" because of habit of striking up conversations with total strangers wherever she went. Most important of all was her love for Jesus. She made it a point to share His Saving Grace with others and she would go out of her way to make hand-crafted gifts, to buy someone a Bible, or to write them little notes of encouragement. When her assignment on Earth was completed, she went home to be with her Savior, and is now reunited with Fran and her beloved mother, Hilda. She left this world surrounded by her children and grandchildren, leaving them a legacy of forgiveness, grace and unending love. She will be sorely missed by the multitude of people that she touched."

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Sandi

July 6, 2014

My sympathy to all my cousins, children of my Aunt Bert. She is with her Lord now and will be surely missed. She was a great and caring person, wonderful Mother and a strong supporting Sister to my Mom. Loved her lots.
Sandi Nordstrom(Phoenix, , AZ)

Karen Lucas

July 5, 2014

I never got to meet Bertha, but I can sense that she was a wonderful lady who left a living, Godly heritage for her family. And I know that her heritage lives on because I feel it in her daughter, my sister-friend, Bonnie. Bonnie, we're praying for you and your family as you begin to move on with life without her at your side. May God's grace meet your every need! We love you!

Trish Barron

July 4, 2014

I share, with you, this poem, a song of celebration, I wrote about going to our eternal rest. GOD BLESS!!! I dedicate this to a beautiful Christian soul, My AUNT BERT, now passed.

"WHEN I SEE YOUR FACE"

When I see your face.
When I see your open arms.
May I have opened my heart and
soul to your GRACE.
Tried daily to pull free from worldly charms.

CHORUS: I'm free! I'm free!
The body and the spirit are now free.
My soul to rise from this body no more needed by me.

May I have tried to live by YOUR GRACE.
The gift from your SON, allows me
to look now into YOUR FACE.
To be filled with the strength,
the joy, all heaven will allow.

CHORUS: I'm free! I'm free!
The body and the spirit are now free.
My soul to rise from this body no more needed by me.

My spirit leaps in joy eternally.
May my name, spoken, or a sudden memory of me,
bring a smile to the lips of those
I chanced to know and often see.
That smile, in memory, becomes my Legacy.

CHORUS: I'm free! I'm free!
The body and the spirit are now free.
My soul to rise from this body no more needed by me.

Trish Barron 11/07

Trish Barron

July 3, 2014

I will miss my Aunt Bert from the very core of my being. She was my guide, along with my Mom (her identical twin). She shared her faith with me, and I with her. Her family was always a part of our conversations, and she loved them so very much. I send you all my love and hugs and know that your Mom will remain within my heart forever. She left her indelible spiritual guidance within me, and I know she and my Mom will be there to greet us all, when we, too, return home. GOD BLESS and KEEP YOU ALL!!! My sincerely sympathy for the depth of your loss of this wonderful, worshipful woman. Your cousin Trish

July 3, 2014

Sending love & hugs to the family: Bonnie, Judy, Bobby, Brian & Janine
My deepest sympathies to you all.

Love, Jan Whaley Lineberry