OBITUARY

Anita Mae Baker

August 20, 1927August 1, 2020
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Anita was born on August 20, 1927 in Medford, Oklahoma to Charles Daniel and Naomi May Loop. She grew up in Brownsville, Texas, the oldest of 6 children. She graduated El Jardin High School in 1944, after that she attended Texas A & I. She worked as a climatologist for the Weather Bureau, where she met the love of her life, Harold Baker. They married on Dec. 4, 1948. After the wedding, they moved to California for Harold’s job as a meteorologist, but returned to Texas in 1951 and settled in the Houston area where they raised their three children.

Anita was a homemaker and very involved in her church and the PTA. She was a deaconess and elder at Kirkwood South Christian Church, and a member of the Christian Woman’s Fellowship and enjoyed playing chicken foot with the church’s retired group. She was in the choir, a Sunday school teacher, and taught Children’s Church. While raising her children, she was always a room mother and in the PTA, always volunteering where needed.

She loved the beach, crabbing, and lighthouses. She grew the most beautiful roses and hibiscus. She also painted and played the piano. In 1977, she went to work as a Library Aide at Pearland High School. She loved being around the kids. She and Harold retired in 1981, and enjoyed traveling together. After Harold passed away in 1988, Anita kept traveling with family members and church friends. Anita was the best grandmother to her four grandkids, always making time to play and have fun with them.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold, sister Doris, brothers Charles and Dale, and her daughter Celeste Wilkinson. She is survived by her son Michael Baker and his wife Mary Beth, her daughter Teresa Dedman and her husband Randy, her grandson Alexander Baker, her granddaughter Lauren Baker, her grandson Jesse Dedman and his wife Jennifer, her granddaughter Charly Irvin and her husband Dustin, her two great-grandsons Wyatt Dedman and Brian Irvin, and her two great-granddaughters Emma Mae Irvin and Evalyn Dedman.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers you may donate to Anita’s church, Kirkwood South Christian Church, 10811 Kirkfair Dr. Houston, TX 77089 or The Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Mary Beth Baker

August 8, 2020

The first time I met Anita, it was a Sunday morning when Mike and I went to Kirkwood South Christian Church for Service. She was sitting in one of the back rows of chairs, with Teresa by her side. She was wonderfully warm and welcoming to me right from the start. (Teresa, on the other hand, scared me to death that morning; I have no idea why!)

She would visit us at our home for lunch on occasion, and I learned all about how she and Harold met, dated and finally wed. She loved talking about Harold, and I could tell she deeply missed him.

Of all the times I got to spend with Anita, my favorite memory is making Leche Quemada with her. She warned me that my arms would get a good workout stirring the mixture, and she was right! Anita said the recipe called for Evaporated milk, Mike is adamant that it was Condensed Milk. I never wrote the recipe down that day ~ shame on me! Regardless, it was delicious, and I’m tickled and proud to say it was my mother-in-law who taught me to make it.

I wish I could have known her far longer than I did. She was always sunny, smiling and telling everyone how pretty they were, and that made people feel special. She was very much a Southern Lady and is missed by all whose lives she touched.

(And I haven’t been scared of Teresa since that first day...)

Linda Clary

August 8, 2020

Dear Anita was a wonderful and knowledgeable woman. I learned so much from her about many things. I think of her every time I successfully grow a plant, especially hibiscus, or whenever a "volunteer" plant shows up in my garden. Anita was a perfect grandmother and the kids loved going to their grandparents house. Rest in Peace. You were deeply loved.

Charly Irvin

August 3, 2020

Oh Grandma, you were always so much more to me than that. You were my best friend growing up; you facilitated chalk board math races with my friends, basketball games of h-o-r-s-e in the backyard, long bike rides, piano lessons, cross-stitch how-to’s, and endless amounts of laughing and goofing off. You were a lady, but silly, and you showed me it was ok to be both. You taught me how to love God and how to always come back to him when lost, arguably the most invaluable life lesson. You had a heart made of gold and possibly the greenest thumb known to man. We love you always.

Sheila Duckworth

August 3, 2020

The first time I ever met Mrs Baker , I thought she was the exact replica of June Cleaver(from leave it to beaver )😁. She was always dressed up and had her RED lipstick on and her hair done. She was one of the sweetest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. She will be missed by all her knew her.

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