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Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL

OBITUARY

Jeanette M Baker

April 7, 1952September 29, 2019

Jeanette M. Baker, 67, CPA and Lt Col, USAF (ret), passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. Born on April 7, 1952, in Jamestown, NY to Stuart and Mary Bogey. Jeanette moved to Port Orange, FL at age 5 and grew up there. She attended the University of South Florida graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

After a year of teaching in Hillsborough County Schools, she entered the US Air Force (USAF) and was commissioned a 2LT in May 1975 as an Air Force Weather Officer. Stationed initially at Scott Air Force Base, IL, where she completed a Master of Meteorology degree at Washington University of St Louis, she was transferred to US Air Forces in the Republic of South Korea. While in South Korea, she met and married her husband, Francis L. Baker in 1981; civil ceremony in Honolulu, HI, and a Christian ceremony at US Army Garrison Yongsan.

Eventually Jeanette was reassigned as the USAF Liaison Officer to the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, and later as a weather officer supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Blessed with the birth of Everard Lee Baker in 1985, Jeanette transferred to the USAF Reserves where she served an additional 9 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1989 she was again blessed with the arrival of Michael Stuart Baker, and earned a Master of Business Administration at Baylor University.

Returning to Tampa, Jeanette taught school in Hillsborough County while earning a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1993 after which she employed her leadership skills and education as the Chief Financial Officer in several different organizations before retiring as the CFO with the Tampa Sports Authority in 2015.

In retirement Jeanette enjoyed being with her family, traveling, reading, various church and social activities, and spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Francis L. Baker, two sons: Everard Lee Baker, 34, and Michael Stuart Baker, 30, and her dearest friend Annabelle Solis of Colorado Springs.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 4, 2019

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William Griffin

October 9, 2019

Lee:
I was so saddened to hear about Jeanette passing. Although I've only known her through our visits to MMI Alumni Weekends, we always had the nicest visits and shared quite a bit regarding our health issues. I always look forward to seeing her and she was a real trooper who fit in well with our crowd. She will be missed by many! GOD Bless and comfort you and your family during this very difficult time. Love ya, Brother!
William Griffin

Andy Ulrich

October 7, 2019

Lee.....so sorry for your Family's loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Susan Jordan

October 3, 2019

I feel so privileged to have known Jeanette and to have been her friend. She was a special lady, gone too soon and will be missed.

Rebecca Hensley

October 3, 2019

I wish I had gotten a call and not seen on FB the passing of my Aunt Jeannette. She was a power woman. All 5’2 could stop you in your tracks! She loved so deeply,;she loved her husband unconditional and her kids! She loved her nieces, too. She always made an effort to call me and see if things are okay. I’ll miss her and am so hurt I can’t be there. Maybe I can get to Natchez to say goodbye.

Tim Fischer

October 3, 2019

Class act, it was an honor to know and work with Jeanette. God speed lady.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY