OBITUARY

Miriam Louise Baker

December 12, 1938April 6, 2019
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Miriam Louise Baker San Jose, California Dec 12, 1938 – April 6, 2019 Miriam L. Baker a San Jose resident for 80 years, passed away on Saturday, April 6. She is survived by her husband Thomas V. of 60 years, her children Gail L Burchfiel and Greg L Baker, and Grand & Great Children. A Celebration of life, on Saturday, April 27, at 1:00, at Masonic Center. Donations: Diabetes Research or American Heart.

  • FAMILY

  • Kenneth R. Witten, Father
  • Marvelle S. Witten, Mother
  • Charles L. Witten, Brother
  • Thomas V. Baker, Spouse
  • Gail L. Baker Burchfiel (Curtis), Daughter
  • Greg L. Baker (Rebecca), Son
  • Greg C. Baker (Somer), Grandson
  • Bradley T. Baker- Cruz (Marco), Grandson
  • Kayla L. Burchfiel, Granddaughter
  • Kaitlyn M. Burchfiel, Granddaughter
  • Conrad M. Baker-Schaefer, Great Grandson
  • Melody P. Baker, Great Granddaughter

Services

27 April

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Masonic Center

2500 Masonic Drive
San Jose, California

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Miriam Louise Baker

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Vic Madden

April 23, 2019

Our sincere sympathies go out to Tom and family. Miriam and I go back to San Jose High School days and it has always been a pleasure to see her at our reunions and luncheons. She will be missed. I won't be able to attend the Celebration of her Life, as I am recovering from a broken collar bone. Son-in-law Curtis Burchfiel and I go back to Branham Hills Little League in the early 1970's.

Vic and Sheila Madden

Terry Feist

April 19, 2019

I remember Miriam from grade school, Lowell. I had a case on her in fourth grade. We would meet by a tree on the school grounds and just enjoy talking. (Hanging out?). I ounce gave her my 25 cents lunch money as I didn’t like eating in the cafeteria. She invited me to a birthday party at her house on 9th. Street. Ginger Rose, Judy Hawkins, Jim Greeley, and a few other classmates were there, but don”t remember them all. We played spin the bottle, probably my first kiss on the cheek. All very innocent. Reconnected at San Jose High School. She was always cheerful, a good student, and serious and down to earth. Remember seeing her and Tom at Masonic functions. A match made in Heaven. I had the pleasure of visiting with her at our last class reunion. So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to all her family and loved ones. Terry

Gail Burchfiel

April 18, 2019

Miriam’s Masonic Life
Job’s Daughters
Bethel 129 I.O.J.D. H.Q. 1955, Majority Member
Served on Bethel Counsel, during daughter’s Bethel 129 years
0rder of Eastern Star
San Jose Chapter #31, Worthy Matron 1986, 1996,2002
Deputy Grand Matron 1988
Starlight Chapter #401, Worthy Matron 2008, 2012
The Service Award, 2005
Lebanon White Shrine of Jerusalem #93
Worthy High Priestess, 1991, 1992, 2002
The Continuing Service Award, 2004
Candlelight Court Order of the Amaranth #136
Royal Matron, 2004, 2005, 2016
Deputy Grand Royal Matron, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
Beverly Gay Duba Service Award, 2017
Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Anhk Court #92
High Priestess 2017
She was a member of Fantasy Dancers and Rose Bud Clowns.
Though Miriam served as Worthy Matron, Worthy High Priestess, and Royal Matron many times, the greatest challenged was that of serving as High Priestess following her stroke in 2016.
Other Groups
Past member and adult leader of Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girl

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Biography

Miriam’s life was the happiest when doing things with her family, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They were her life. She and Tom gave their full support to Gail and Greg, when they were active in their various activities, their Masonic orders of Job’s Daughters, and DeMolay, baseball, dance, snow and water Skiing.
When the grandsons arrived she continued her support with the baseball, football, ice skating, attending school plays, and many monetary donations along the way.
She enjoyed trips to the library, parks, amusement parks, movies, dance lessons with the granddaughters. This was all cut short when they moved to Montana in July 2004. She found it very hard to miss the milestones in their lives.
She took care of Grand Children for years, and continued with her Great Grandchildren. Family was her life, but was very hard for her family to realize this. They never did realize her need for family ties.
Miriam shared many of her Masonic orders with her husband Tom. These orders have a lot of meaning and enjoyment of her life.

Donations to: Diabetes Research and
Heart Fund through Amaranth and Eastern Star

Miriam’s Masonic Life
Job’s Daughters
Bethel 129 I.O.J.D. H.Q. 1955, Majority Member
Served on Bethel Counsel, during daughter’s Bethel 129 years
0rder of Eastern Star
San Jose Chapter #31, Worthy Matron 1986, 1996,2002
Deputy Grand Matron 1988
Starlight Chapter #401, Worthy Matron 2008, 2012
The Service Award, 2005
Lebanon White Shrine of Jerusalem #93
Worthy High Priestess, 1991, 1992, 2002
The Continuing Service Award, 2004
Candlelight Court Order of the Amaranth #136
Royal Matron, 2004, 2005, 2016
Deputy Grand Royal Matron, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013
Beverly Gay Duba Service Award, 2017
Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Anhk Court #92
High Priestess 2017
She was a member of Fantasy Dancers and Rose Bud Clowns.
Though Miriam served as Worthy Matron, Worthy High Priestess, and Royal Matron many times, the greatest challenged was that of serving as High Priestess following her stroke in 2016.
Other Groups
Past member and adult leader of Blue Birds and Camp Fire Girl

Employment
P.T.&T (Pacbell Telephone)
Montgomery Wards
ABL Management
S.E.B.J. & S.V.C. Catering Corp.
River Glen Mobile Home Community
San Jose Masonic Center