Anabel Follett Baker, 97, peacefully passed away in Gulf Breeze, Florida on July 18, 2013. She expressed her happiness and gratitude about her life right up to the day she passed. Born in Coloma, Wisconsin to Darwin and Anna Follett, Anabel earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1938 and was a lifetime member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Anabel married her high school sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Baker, in 1940 and was married for 54 years until Bob's death in 1994.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Vilas and Kenyon, sister Ada Mae Congdon and beloved daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Charles Swallows. Anabel is survived by her sons and daughters-in-laws Dick and Laverne (Gulf Breeze), Donald and Judy (Orlando), 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Mary Fran Follett, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Anabel will be deeply missed and leaves a beautiful and meaningful legacy through her generous deeds. She was kind to all she met and was the matriarch of the Baker family in a most sweet and quiet way.
Her family thanks all of her friends, her tablemates and the staff at The Blake for helping Anabel make The Blake "home" since July 2010. We appreciate all those who welcomed Anabel to our community. Special thanks to Wayne and Pat Greene, Phyllis, Roger and Raisa Webb, Jane Seligman, Lina Chadbourne and Mark Proctor for always including Anabel for great meals, fellowship and fireworks.
Anabel's ashes will be placed in the Hancock Cemetery in Hancock, Wisconsin and also sprinkled in back of her "little red cottage" at Pleasant Lake. A celebration of her wonderful life will be held at a later date. For those who desire to make a gift in Anabel's memory, she deeply cared about the good works at the Anna Follett Community Center in the Village of Coloma, P.O. 353, Coloma, WI 54930, which houses the Coloma Library and provides congregate meals for seniors.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 28, 2013