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Bernice Baker

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Bernice Maupin Baker, passed away on Dec. 7, 2013 at Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee, Tenn., at the age of 84.
ÔBea', as she was known to all, was born in Rockwood, Tenn. on July 21, 1929, and grew up in the Pine Orchard Community there. She was one of eight children born to Obed and Annie (Kindred) Maupin. She was a graduate of Rockwood High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She then studied Nursing at the Fort Sanders Hospital Training School in Knoxville. In July of 1950 Bea married Joseph M. Baker (later divorced) of Beverly Beach, Md, and settled down in Annapolis, Maryland, where she raised her four children and lived for 50 years. Bea was a homemaker, who loved to cook for her family, and enjoyed participating in charity and fund raising events. She was a member of the Severn Town Club, and she was once voted ÔMiss Annapolis'. She also worked as a fund raiser for her husband Joseph's political runs for Maryland State Senate and US Congress, and had her own business as an Avon Representative for several years. In her early years she attended Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, and in her later years was a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis. She enjoyed singing, and participated in the choir.
She is survived by her four children, Joseph M. Baker (wife Elaine) of Edgewater, Md., Rebecca L. Baker of Bowie, Md., Cynthia L. Baker of Clinton, Md., and Robert L. Baker (wife Grace) of Great Mills, Md.; three grandchildren, Chase Burnett of St. Augustine, Fla., Robert J. Baker and Joshua C. Baker of Great Mills, MD.; sister, Faye Arr of Maryville, Tenn.; nephews and nieces, Ann Carr, Susan Cox, Olivia Clark, Pam Allred, Sheilla Burris, Barry Maupin, John Carr, Frank Bristow, Hugh Arr, Michael Edington, Douglas Edington, Ross Shulmister, Julie Childress, David Shulmister, Kathy Powers and Craig Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harvey Maupin; sisters, Hazel Carr, Reba Jones, Lucille Burris, Marjorie Edington and Dorothy Maupin; nephews, Steve Maupin, Bryan Carr, David Burris and Jeff Stewart; and niece, Laurel Woodbeck.
The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Pine Orchard Cemetery, Oakdale.
Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Morgan County News from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, 2013
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