Obituary for Mary Baker

Ponca City Now - September 14, 2013 12:00 am

Mary Baker, 88, passed away September 14, 2013 at Via Christi Village in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Mary was born December 25, 1924 to Russel Cleverdon and Lois Pearson Cleverdon in Stillwater, Oklahoma. At age twelve, Mary’s family moved from Stillwater to Dexter, Kansas. She graduated from high school there with aspirations to become a teacher. Instead, she went to Washington D.C. to help out her older brother’s family. Stationed there as well was her high school sweetheart, Wayne M. Baker, and they were married April of 1944.

Mary was a long time resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She enjoyed being with family, neighbors, and friends. She was an avid gardener, growing her own vegetables and lots of flowers. She was a big bargain shopper and enjoyed the opera.

She is survived by two children, Jane Schatz and her husband, Rick of Kaw City, Oklahoma, and Carol York and her husband, Phillip, of Newcastle, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Susan Schatz of Kaw City, Oklahoma, and Justin Schatz and his wife, Julie, of Spring, Texas; three great grandchildren, Britnee Schatz, 18, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dominic Schatz, 12, of Spring, Texas, and Dylan Schatz, 11, of Spring, Texas; one brother, Jack Cleverdon and his wife ,Barbara; two sisters, Joyce DeGedio and her husband, Ray, and Joan Dillon; and sister-in-law June Cleverdon.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Russel and Lois Cleverdon; her husband, Wayne Baker; brothers, Tom, Bob, Bill, and Dick, and sister, Bedena.

The memorial service will be held, Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lie of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rocky Spot Dalmatian Rescue, Inc. P.O. Box 98, Newcastle, Oklahoma 73065.