Elizabeth (Lib) Theodora Kennedy Baker, 84, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Lib was born in Clinton, NC. When she was very young her family moved to New Bern where she grew up. She attended Central School and graduated from Salem College with a degree in English in 1949. Lib was married to Dr. Giles Patterson Corey, M.D. of Greenville, N.C. in 1951. After only a few years of a beautiful, loving marriage, he passed away in 1955. Lib was an extremely caring daughter. She took her father, Ted Kennedy, into her home, and looked after him until his death. During this time, she met and spent 28 years traveling and enjoying the companionship of Sam Hughes until his death in 1999. The last ten years of her life were spent with her daughter Libby and her family, and in The Chesapeake, a retirement community in Newport News, VA.
Lib was a member of First Presbyterian Church of New Bern and attended Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Edith Kennedy and her brother, Jimmy Kennedy. She is survived by her children, Cindy Sherratt and her husband Bill of Raleigh, Gil Baker and his wife Becky of Charlotte, Libby Garrett and her husband Greg of Yorktown, Va., and Rosalie Fuller of New Bern; grandchildren, Corey, Michelle, Jonathan, Ashley, Gregory, Trent, Adam, Sarah, Brinson, and Bryan; and four great grandchildren, Isabella, Madeline, Cole, and Ava Grace. She loved being anywhere her children and grandchildren were, and she was their biggest fan, rejoicing in their accomplishments and sympathizing with their woes.
Lib was a teacher and an artist and loved to dance and sing. Most of all, she was a wonderful and devoted mother and grandmother. Lib continued to fight Parkinsons for over 25 years and was determined to not let it prevent her from loving life and everyone around her until the very end. She was an inspiration to everyone she came in contact with. She was an example of perseverance in her dedication to exercise at Courts Plus, the YMCA, and at her retirement community. Lib loved to travel and spend time on the Trent River and the beach. She lived life to the fullest and taught her children by example how to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To our beloved mother, thank you for living your life by example. You are forever in our hearts and prayers.
Cindy, Gil, Libby, and Rosalie
A service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in New Bern. Time is yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018 Flagerstown, MD 21741-5018. Alternatively, you may go on www.parkinson.org and click "Donate Now."