COLUMBIA — Joyce Baker was a woman who loved her family and showed kindness to everyone she met.
“Not a soul she met that didn’t like her,” her son David E. McKenzie said. “Mom could take any situation and calm it down. She would just bat an eye and people trusted her. It was crazy.”
Mrs. Baker, of Columbia, died Saturday, Jan. 19. She was 58.
She was born on April 28, 1954, in Columbia to Charles Martie and Gladys Irene Martie.
She met her husband, David Baker, in 1991 on the dance floor of a honky-tonk in Columbia. They were married on Jan. 9, 1993.
Mrs. Baker ran her own business cleaning elderly people's homes and assisting them with errands. She would help them move furniture that was too heavy and deep clean their homes. She found that helping people in little ways could make a big difference in their lives, but wished she could do more.
“She always dreamed about starting her own elderly health care facility,” David Baker said.
Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband David Baker of Columbia; four children: David E. McKenzie of Springfield, Ryan M. McKenzie of Columbia, Randy Baker and Bridgette Bennett, both of Fordland; 12 siblings: Barbara Swift and her husband C.W. of Waynesville, Ky., Bo Creason, his wife Cathy, Red Creason, his wife Linda, Donna Sheets, her husband Kenny, Wayne Martie, his wife Cindy and Mary Lynes, all of Columbia, Linda Schomaker and her husband Jerry of Shelbina, Fred Martie and his wife Penny of Ashland, Donna Brown and her husband Jesse of Garden City, Linda Furlong and her husband Edward of Higbee, Nelson Creason, Jr. and his wife Connie of Harrisburg, and Sandra Cox of Centralia; eight grandchildren: Korey Michael McKenzie of Fulton, Danielle Baker and Misty Baker, both of the state of California, Dylan Murdock and Sarah Burks, both of Fordland, Landen James Riley and Liam Matthew McKenzie of Columbia, Coraline Rae McKenzie of Cape Girardeau; sister-in-law, Patricia Davidson of Springfield; two step-mothers: Elizabeth Boggs of Centralia, and Lenora Martie of Columbia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Baker's parents, Charles Martie, Gladys Irene Martie and Nelson Creason, her mother-in-law Lena Baker, her father-in-law Jimmie Baker, two brothers: Raymond Nelson and John Arthur, a brother-in-law, Johnny Davidson, and a grandchild, Anna Lee McKenzie, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West. A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America or to the Foundation of Peripheral Neuropathy. Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com
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