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Martha Jane Baker, Feb. 8, 1921 — July 6, 2014, of Orlando

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 2:37 p.m. CDT; updated 2:50 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ORLANDO — Martha Jane (Estes) Baker died July 6, 2014, at her home in Orlando, Florida. She was 93.

Mrs. Baker was born February 8, 1921, in Warsaw, Missouri, to Samuel Richard and Leitha Haden Estes. The family later moved to Columbia, where she attended Grant Elementary, Jefferson Junior High, and Hickman High School, graduating in 1937. She was a graduate of Christian (now Columbia) College and the University of Missouri, receiving a B.A. in Arts and Sciences in 1941. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Gamma.

She married Allen Baker in 1941.

Mrs. Baker worked as a secretary to the vice-president at Stephens College and later as a co-owner of Baker-McClintic, an air conditioning and heating wholesale company, retiring in December 1981.

She served on the boards of the Boone County Division of the American Heart Association, Missouri Affiliate, and the Foundation of Missouri United Methodist Church. She had also served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Food Bank, and at Boone Hospital Center. She had been a member of Altrusa Club of Columbia. She was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Lyman Allen Baker, Jr., and wife Dr. Talat Rahman of Orlando, Florida; a daughter, Rebecca Baker and husband Joseph Abraham of Republic, Washington; two granddaughters, Cynthia Baker and husband Brian Howard of San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Ellen Baker and husband Daniel Holt of New York City; a grandson, Nameer Baker, of Irvine, California; and three great-granddaughters, Talia and Eva Howard of San Antonio, Texas, and Rachel Baker-Holt of New York City. Her husband and a son, Richard Matthews Baker, died earlier.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Columbia College, to the Missouri Symphony Society, or to the Missouri United Methodist Church.


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