Marjorie Ann Baker-Cortes

Marjorie Ann Baker-Cortes Answered God's call on October 11, 2012, and rests in his arms. Marjorie Ann Baker-Cortes was born in Carville, Louisiana, on November 29, 1917. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Baker Sr. and Ramon Cortes, and her companion Lloyd Altman, her parents Oliver and Beulah Alfred, her siblings Kathleen Cecile Alfred-Lincoln, Irma Rita Alfred-Martin, Oliver Theo-dore Alfred Jr., Audrey Mae Alfred, Warren Vincent Schexnayder Sr., Leroy Phillip Alfred Sr. and Ruby Mae Alfred, her son Leo Woodrow Baker and great granddaughter, Yolanda Helton. She is survived by her daughter Leona Marie Baker-Wallace. Her grandchildren, Ramona Wallace, Joan Wallace, Colette Wallace, Curtis Baker, Connie Baker, Tamara Baker-Rivera, Trevis Baker. Her great grandchildren, Brett Grayson, Jono Grayson, Cameron Hunter and her great, great grandson Christopher Montgomery. She and her husband arrived in California, where she worked in the shipyard as a "Rosie the Riveter!" At the end of the war, she then took care of injured war heroes, as a Nurse's Aide at Letterman General Hospital in Fort Presidio. In 1951, she took a temporary job as a Custodian at Tamalpais High School, before the year was out she was offered a full time custodial position. She made many lifelong friends at Tam and the graduating class of 1955, dedicated the 1955 "Pai" year book to Marge. It was a historical first for two reason, she was the first African American to be so honored, and the first non-teaching staff member to ever be elected by a graduating class. In the dedication the students state, "Margie has worked with us and helped us with our problems. She has taken a personal interest in every student and knows each and everyone by name, this is a feat few have accomplished." She retired from Tam in June of 1980. The class of 1955 invited Marge to be their honored guest for the 50th class reunion in 2005. There will be a memorial service on October 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 101 Donahue St., Marin City, California. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

Published in Marin Independent Journal from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2012