Graveside services for Fay Baker will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9 at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pastor Scott Hunt will officiate. Visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ertel Memorial Chapel.
Fay Baker was born on July 16, 1931 in Lincoln, Neb. She was the only child of Howard and Monye Wilson. Fay spent her early years in Lincoln and then moved with her parents to Gardena, Calif. In Gardena, she completed elementary, junior high and high school. She graduated from Gardena High School in 1949.
After graduating high school, Fay attended the California School of Medical Technology, becoming proficient in doctor’s office assisting, and lab testing that were done as office procedures at that time. Fay worked for a doctor in California, then after moving to Mancos, she worked for Dr. V.E. Gardner for three years. She enjoyed the work and became acquainted with many of the Mancos residents.
While still in high school, Fay met Curtis Baker, who would become her husband of nearly 60 years. They were married in 1951 and moved to Mancos where Curtis was already working. (That is a whole other story.) In 1953, they moved to Farmington, N.M., then in 1956 they moved to Tahlequah, Okla. By 1958, the Colorado mountains were calling them back. Property was purchased on Road 38 in the west Mancos Valley. Fay loved the mountains and never ceased to appreciate her view to the east of the La Plata range, and to the west, Point Lookout, Mesa Verde National Park.
Fay was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mancos and served her Lord there in many capacities, her favorite being in the music department. Fay was a “stay at home mom” to her four children, who had the opportunity of growing up in the country and roamed at will (after their chores were done).
Fay is survived by her children, Robert “Bobby, Bob”, Susie Frantz, Becky Klocker and Peggy Samora; her grandchildren, Robert “Bobby Jr.”, Valerie Gibson, Carmen Samora and Cody Samora; and by her great-grandchildren, Lance, Tristan and Mikayla Baker, and Victoria Gibson. Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Baker; her parents; two daughters-in-law, Karen and Debbie Baker; and by her son-in-law, Jim Frantz.