Virginia Baker, 87 of Akron, passed away on June 29, 2014.|
Virginia Mae Wright was born on Sept 4, 1927, to Doyle and Lena Wright of Anton, Colorado. She was the third child and first daughter born into the family. Virginia, along with older brothers Harold Lee and Robert Buryl, were all born in a one room house with little more than a table and a few boxes and chairs to sit on.
In the spring of 1928, Virginia and her family moved to a 3-room house in the Elba community. It was there that Virginia's sister and best friend, Nora Rose, was born.
In 1930 during a November blizzard, the family was blessed with another son, Earl Clinton. He died on December 3 after only living a few days.
On New Year's Day 1933, the family had another son named Richard Leroy-known as Dick to the family. Dick died at the age of 10 after being bitten by a rattlesnake.
Virginia experienced much loss in her family at a young age, and this is why she valued her family so much throughout her life. Her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were her most prized possessions.
In 1943, Harold and Bob went into the U.S. Air Force leaving Virginia and Rose to help their dad with the farming. Virginia spent a lot of time in the fields, driving a tractor, shucking corn, and running the stacker barge. She also spent a lot of time doing housework as well as milking cows. Virginia had a strong work ethic and a never-give-up spirit that was developed during this time. Virginia never talked of these days in a negative way. She always looked for the good in everything she faced and everyone she met.
Virginia attended the White Springs one-room school house near her family's home. It was there that she made lifelong friends and developed the basics of learning that she would use as a teacher later in life. Virginia then moved on to high school, but since the family lived 25 miles from Akron, Virginia and Rose lived with different town families during the week. She graduated from Akron High School in 1946.
After graduation, Virginia was asked to teach under an emergency certificate, as many of the area teachers were serving in the military and teachers were badly needed. She later attended the University of Northern Colorado and received her teaching certificate. Virginia taught at many schools around the area, but it was at West Antelope that she met the love of her life- Glenn Baker. Glenn made a habit of visiting his nieces and nephews at school just so he could see Virginia.
In 1953, Glenn and Virginia were married at the first Presbyterian Church in Akron. They had four children: Sandra, Dale, Barbara and Charles; nine grandchildren: Norman Clark, Lindsay Walter, Shane Clark, Anya Mack, Krystal Peeples, Kevin Baker, Danica Baker, Colton Baker and Chase Baker; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Virginia loved spending time with family and friends. She and Glenn attended every event possible that their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were involved in. If they weren't traveling around chasing the kids, they were at home taking care of the little ones. If you stayed with Virginia long, you would learn a few card games or Button Button Who's Got The Button.
Virginia loved her neighbors and friends and looked forward to having club with the ladies or meeting with the old car club with Glenn. Virginia enjoyed working at fair and meeting all her friends as they attended the fair.
Later in life, Virginia and Glenn were able to travel, which was something she loved to do. Traveling to Branson, Missouri, with Rose and Wilbur and again with Barb and Mel was a favorite. They were able to take a couple of cruises, including one to Alaska. And if the men were too busy to travel, Virginia and June Herron and many other lady friends would just go without them-even to go whitewater rafting.
Virginia loved life, never had a bad word to say about anyone and lived every day to the fullest. Even in her last years, she never felt sorry for herself or complained. She would say life is too short to complain or be mad.
After 87 years of life and 61 years of marriage to Glenn, Virginia passed away peacefully, waiting long enough for kids and grandkids to say their goodbyes. She is loved and will be greatly missed.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Akron.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on July 16, 2014