Esther Mae Baker

{December 21, 1921 - January 17, 2016}

Esther Mae (Robinson) Baker, 94, of Memphis died January 17, 2016 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

She was born December 21, 1921, in Scotland County, the daughter of Everett and Gladys (Arnold) Robinson.  She married Wayne Baker on October 25, 1939, in Luray.  To this union, four children were born: Louise, Wayne Jr., Wanda, and Nancy.

Esther enjoyed her family above all and always put it first.  She spent the first part of her married life as a devoted, hard-working farmer’s wife.  Later in life she spent many years working at Drydens Black Rubber in Keokuk.  She was very active with the Scotland County Hospital Auxiliary, Antique Fair Association, sewing, embroidery, and gardening.  She was a long-standing member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis and was very active with blood drives and caring for others by providing food and service to those in need.

Preceding her in death were her husband Wayne Baker Sr., siblings Helen Jeanne Robinson, Nellie Louise Baker, and Estalene Barb, daughter Nancy Setters, grandson Jeffrey Baker, and granddaughter Kelly Setters.

Survivors include three children, Louise (Butts) Taylor of Atlanta, MO, Wayne Baker, Jr. of Macon, Wanda Remley of Memphis; eight grandchildren, David Butts, Paul Butts and his wife Andrea, Kimberly Heaton and her husband Michael, Tonya Brimer and her husband Ray, Holly Christian and her husband Brett, June Chamley, Wes Chamley and his wife Kris, and Ross Setters and his wife Missy; thirteen great grandchildren, Derek Butts and his wife Nichole, Logan Butts and his wife Tiara, Shelby Douglas and her husband Dade, Makenzie Heaton, Hanna Heaton, Liv Heaton, Sara Brimer, Emily Brimer, Isabella Christian, Jillian Christian, Bre Chamley, Clint Chamley, Codi Setters; one great great grandchild, Dreysen Michael; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel with Dan Hite, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.   Visitation is prior to the service, from 9-11 a.m., on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Interment was in Friendship Cemetery in Scotland County.

Memorials have been suggested to Friendship Cemetery.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

    Comment by Harold and Linda Baker on January 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm
  2. So very sorry

    Comment by Dean & Sheila Still on January 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

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