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Iris Velora Baker

Obituary Condolences

IRIS VELORA BAKER Iris Velora Baker was born April 10, 1921, in Wichita, Kansas, to the late Harrison and Ocenia Hollowell. Iris was joined in holy matrimony to Master Sgt. George Baker. Iris attended Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas, and continued her education in California, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University. She was a teacher at Berkeley High School and ventured on to become a social worker for the County of Alameda, retiring after 19 years of service. Iris was a talented pianist and a world traveler. She believed in staying fit and was an avid swimmer, golfer and tennis player. She served faithfully for over fifty years as an active member at Beebe Memorial CME Church and participated on many committees. Iris Baker (Aunt Boots) was a joy to all who met her, her spirit filled with love and the joy of life. A loving aunt and friend to many. And so, so giving. Aunt Boots departed this life September 13, 2004. She leaves to cherish her memory brother C.W.O. Harry Hollowell and wife, Thelma, of Leavenworth, Kan., brother Honorable Donald Hollowell and wife, Louise, of Atlanta, Ga.; her nieces, Nora Bailes of Newark, Calif., Elsie Hallaway, Elaine Bruce, Elverine Hamilton, all of Kansas City, Mo., Louise Jones of Seattle, Wash., Janice Hollowell of Leavenworth, Kan. In addition she leaves behind many grand- and great-grand-nieces and -nephews, and a host of other family and friends. Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sgt. George Baker, sister Corrine Patterson, and nephew Jay Oliver. An extraordinary light went out in Oakland, Calif. We will miss her dearly. Her spirit will be with us always. Homegoing celebration Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 11 a.m. at Beebe Memorial Cathedral, 3900 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, Calif. Fuller Funerals (510) 436-3181
Published in Inside Bay Area on Sept. 18, 2004
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