Mary L. Baker

June 19, 1924 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 96)


Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again

On Monday, November 9, 2020, God called home His Faithful servant, Mary Louise Jones Baker. She slipped into a peaceful sleep at her residence.  She was born in York County, on June 19, 1924, to the late Clyde and Hattie Jones.  The family included five (5) children.

Being raised in a Christian environment, Mary professed Jesus Christ at an early age, joining Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church.  She was a faithful and devoted member serving in many capacities: Usher, Choir, Pastor’s Aid, and President of the Missionary Sisters.  She was honored as “Mother of the Church” in October 2016. She remained faithful in attending until her health began to fail, but her love for her church family never changed. 

She was educated in the public school system attending James City County Training School.  Mary worked for several years at Master Cleaners on Richmond Road.

Mary was united in Holy Matrimony to Russell Baker, on June 28, 1941. To this union, they were blessed with many years of happiness and two loving children, Russell Jr, and Carolyn.

She was a very compassionate, loving, caring, and strong-willed woman of character that loved her family. To know her was to love her, and many did.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Russell Sr., son, Russell Jr.; siblings, Alberta Piggott, Elizabeth Melvin, William Jones, and James Tyler; and son-in-law, Dr. Swanson Carter.  Her fond and precious memories will forever remain in the hearts of her loving daughter, Carolyn Carter; grandchildren, Darryl Brawner (Tiara) and Keisha Brawner-Ilea (Radu); great-grandchildren, Erin Gibson, Alexandra Ilea, Phoenix Brawner, and Andrew Ilea; sister, Phyllis Fox Pritchett; sister-in-law, Elnora Jones; special first cousins, Audrey Dorsey and Ethel Hill; special friends, Ann Jones, Arthur Wallace, Robert Harris, and Cynthia White; nieces, nephews, other cousins, and many friends.

A private livestream service will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, November 21, 2020, at A walkthrough viewing will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011.

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Walk Through Viewing
November 21, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Whiting's Funeral Home
7005 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Live Video Stream
November 21, 2020

12:00 PM

Video is available for this event

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