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Elizabeth Ann Elks Baker

1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Ann Elks Baker Obituary
KINSTON - Elizabeth Ann Elks Baker died on July 8, 2018, at Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Kinston. Visitation will be at Edwards Funeral Home in Kinston from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, July 13, 2018. The funeral service will be held at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church at 2 pm, Saturday July 14, 2018. Burial will follow the service at Westview Cemetery in Kinston, NC. Ann was born July 1, 1933 in Pitt County to Henry Cleveland Elks and Carrie Estelle Moore. She attended Maury High School. Her working career began at Hampton Industries where she worked for 18 years then went on to work for the Kinston City school system for 12 years. Ann retired in 1998 and began making cakes and cheese straws for people and businesses around Kinston. She became known as "the cake lady." She made quite a variety of cakes but her trademark was the final touch of a cherry on top. Ann had several of her cakes served at the White House for Condoleezza Rice's National Prayer Breakfast. When she wasn't baking cakes, you would find Ann out working in the yard and gardening. Ann also loved to travel; she loved going on trips with her brothers and their wives, as well as good friends Lula and Carlton Williams. The highlight of her International travels include going on game drives in South Africa, visiting the tulip fields in the Netherlands and seeing Windsor Castle and all of the sights in London. People who knew Ann knew she was a committed Christian and active member of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Ann was, in all ways, a child of God. There's not a more selfless person than Elizabeth Ann Baker. She thrived on socializing with people everywhere she went, especially when people came to pick up their cakes … or when she delivered them. She genuinely wanted to know about people, and share a smile. Her endearing personality made her known and loved by so many people around Kinston, and everywhere she traveled. When she moved into Spring Arbor, Ann found a new mission since she couldn't get out and about like she used to. Ann began going around and visiting with everyone, and, after a while, she had a schedule of people to go see to spread the kind of joy that only Ann could; the smiles when those residents saw her coming was the proof that Ann had made some very special friendships. In addition to her parents Ann was predeceased by her husband, David W. Baker, Sr.; brothers, Carlton Elks, Gennis Elks and Raymond Elks; and sister, Doris Shirley Young. She is survived by her brother, Henry Cleveland Elks of Pineville, LA and his wife Nita; by her two children, Patty Baker McCain and husband Andrew McCain, of Durham, and David Willis Baker Jr. and wife Eliza Oglesby Baker, of Newport; grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth McCain of Raleigh, David Willis Baker III, M.D. and wife Rebecca, of Kinston and Joshua Benjamin Baker, Esq and wife Lauren, of Birmingham, AL.; and great-grandchildren, Addison Kate Baker, Reese Willis Baker and Charles Wilder Baker. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Free Will Baptist Church at 1936 Banks School Road, Kinston, NC 28504 or to Spring Arbor Assisted Living at 3207 Carey Road, Kinston, NC 28504. The family would like to thank the staff of Spring Arbor, Community Hospice, Lenoir UNC Health Care of Kinston, Dr. Alan Korollis and Dr. Gary Heck and their staffs. Online condolences may be expressed at www.edwardsfhc.com. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations.
Published in Free Press on July 11, 2018
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