Charlene Presnall (Polly) Baker

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AIKEN, SC – Charlene Presnall (Polly) Baker died at the age of 92 on September 5, 2014 after a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her daughters Dee Ann Baker Abbott of Pagosa Springs, CO and Cindy Baker Jordan of Columbia as well as five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Dee Baker and an infant son. Polly was a veritable whirlwind of talent and activity during her long and varied life.
She was born in Alva, Oklahoma and attended Northwestern State Teachers College in Alva, OK where she received a teaching certificate in Home Economics and Speech. While there, she served as Drum Majorette and was crowned Band Queen in 1940. She was active in the College Little Theater and was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega honorary dramatic fraternity.
In 1942 She married Lt. Dee Baker and in 1953 the family of four moved to Aiken where Dee was employed at the Savannah River Plant. During her 45 years spent in Aiken, Polly was involved in numerous community, school, and church activities. She was an active member of St. John’s Methodist Church, a member of Town and Country, president of Wildwood Garden Club and an officer in the Garden Club Council.
She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and active in the Aiken Community Playhouse where she played many leading roles and served as vice president of the Board.
When her daughters were in college, Polly went to work with handicapped adults as Assistant Director of the Adult Development Center.
She also served on the Board of Directors of the Croft House, was treasurer of the Aiken County Historical Museum and was a member of the PEO Sisterhood.
She bought joy, love and laughter to all who knew her and she will be missed by her family and many friends in Aiken, at Lake Murray, and in her last home at Wildwood Downs in Columbia.
A memorial service will be held at 4pm Sunday Sept. 14th at Wildwood Downs, 781 Polo Rd., Columbia, SC 29223.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the or to: Rehobeth Methodist Church, 936 Holley Ferry Rd., Leesville, SC 29070.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Sept. 10, 2014