June 17, 1945 – October 17, 2021
This is the story of Mary Anne (Wilson) Baker.
Mary Anne was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Our “Big Grandma,” as she liked to be called by her great grandchildren, “M A,” as she was called by her paternal relatives, was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, grandmother, and a loyal church member.
Mary Anne’s story starts on June 17, 1945, the oldest child to Richard C. and Hazel N. Wilson. Mary Anne was born in Shreveport, LA. Soon after Mary Anne was born, Richard and Hazel moved to Waynoka, OK, where Mary Anne would spend her childhood, grow up, make many lifelong friends, and go to school. She was very proud to be a Waynoka Railroader (Class of 1963) and would attend many high school reunions.
Following graduation, Mary Anne attended Phillips University and Northwestern State University at Alva, OK. She graduated from Northwestern on May 27, 1967, with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation her employment included the Santa Fe railroad, banks in Amarillo, TX, and Broken Arrow, OK, Howard Public Schools, Howard, KS, Maize Public Schools, Maize, KS, and 30+ years as the secretary for the Maize United Methodist Church.
It was while she was church secretary that she developed a card ministry. The members of the church and family members received cards on their birthdays, anniversaries, when ill, and when congratulations were in order.
She definitely did things “her way” which meant that her family after GOD was the most important thing in her life. Nothing came before them and they all knew it. Her commitment to the Lord was inspiration to all that knew her.
Mary Anne met James Baker (Principal) while teaching at Howard High School. After a short engagement they were married on December 22, 1978, and they settled their family in Maize, KS. They celebrated 42 years of marriage on their last anniversary. During retirement (2012) James and Mary Anne moved to Newton, KS.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Warren Wilson. Surviving in addition to her husband, James, are her sons, Bill Baker and his wife Kerri of Minneola, KS, and Paul Glynn and his wife Michele of Sterlington, LA; her daughter, Michelle Baker of Sedgwick, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Kendrick Baker, Tyler Glynn, Peyton Glynn, Haley Glynn, Rachel Glynn, Tesla Baker, and Jesse Baker; three great-grandchildren, Khloe Stark, Ayla Lowe, and Kayden Cowden; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be from 5:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, October 22, 2021 at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, Kansas. A service of remembrance will be at 10:00am, Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Anne’s name to Salem United Methodist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice.