Selma Ovida Baker

April 3, 1927April 13, 2018

Selma T. Baker, 91, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018. She was a retired teller for BB&T. Selma was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Goldsmith; and a great-granddaughter, Gracelyn Baker. She is survived by a son, Joe Baker (Sherry); a daughter, Glenda Pierce; brother, Lesselle Topping (Jean); grandchildren, Scott Pierce (Holly), Andrew Baker (Stacey), Adam Baker, and Amy Pierce Romine (James); and a great-granddaughter, Emily Pierce. Her funeral service will be held at 12:00 Wednesday at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home, 7710 Dixie Hwy, followed by burial at Bethany Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 pm Tuesday.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Selma Ovida Baker

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Joyce Barros

May 10, 2018

Memories of My Dear Friend Selma Toppping Baker

I was saddened when my dear friend, Selma T. Baker, died on April 13, 2018.
Selma was my best friend for twenty years. She was a kind, wise, dignified, and classy lady. I will always remember Selma’s great listening skills.
Selma was from North Carolina. How she loved North Carolina! She would talk about Elizabeth City and Edenton. She was a telephone operator until she moved to Louisville.
Selma was a bank teller for the Bank of Louisville (now BBT) for twenty-six years. She loved her job. Meeting new people was her favorite thing. That’s how I met Selma. My Mom, Mary, would wait for Selma to wait on her because of Selma’s niceness.
Selma and I use to go on day trips. We went to Stumbler’s and Huber Farms. Stumbler’s was her favorite. We went to Sugar Bush Farm in Indiana, Brandenburg, Kentucky, Fort Knox, Cloverport, KY, Gethsemane, and Glendale. They were beautiful in the Fall.
In Louisville, we went out to eat at these restaurants: Mimi’s Café (for the tasty muffins), Carabba’s , Red Lobster, Spaghetti Factory, another Italian restaurant now closed who served spaghetti in a bowl on Market St., I-Hop, Cracker Barrel, McAlister’s, Long John Silver’s, O’Charley’s and others. Her favorite was O’Charley’s.
My favorite memory of Selma was our talks by telephone. We’d talk two to three times a day. We sure talked about politics and had fun trying to understand the politics of the day. We thought the same about the politicians of the day. North Carolina was her favorite topic. She loved it there. She only lived fifty miles from the beach when she was a child, and could actually hear the ocean.

Joyce Barros

May 9, 2018

Memories of My Dear Friend Selma Topping Baker

Selma was so kind to me when my cousin, Richard from Long Island, NY, passed away.
I use to take Selma to the doctors and procedures to be done. She was very brave when she went for medical procedures. Her family doctor, Dr. Kemper, was her favorite. He was so kind to her.
Selma’s stamina was surpassing. She lived in an assistant living home. She would have to walk a long way to the dining room.
I will miss my friend, Selma. I will think of her every day. The last time I saw Selma was February 19th. We talked on Easter. A friend let Selma use her phone. I will always remember that conversation.
The most important character trait Selma had was her caring about people. I was grateful that I had a friend like Selma. How many people in this life do you meet that aren’t consumed with worldly activities like the computer, smart phone, etc.. Not many, Selma was one in a million. It’s a lonely world without you in it. Selma. I love you forever. You will always be in my heart.

Your friend,
Joyce Barros