Sandra J. Baker, 58, a lifelong resident of Hastings, Fla., transitioned into eternal glory on Monday, June 30, 2014. After graduating in 1973 from Hastings High School, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Bethune Cookman College and continued her graduate studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Following a brief career as an educator in the Flagler County School District, she was met with health challenges that limited her abilities to continue her love for teaching. As a Christian, Sandra was passionate about sharing the gospel with others and remained a member of Pompey's Temple COGIC. Her love for writing led her to many years of encouraging family and friends to pursue their educational and career aspirations.
Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, the late Willie Jr. and Corine Hatten Baker and siblings; Deloris B. Wilks, A. Richard Baker Sr., Artis J. Baker Sr. and Barbara J. Baker.
She is survived by her sisters, Janice B. Whitty, Valerie A. Baker and Dorthene A. Baker; aunts, Doretha B. Middlebrook, Minnie J. Hamilton, Martha Austin, Catherine Jones and Claudia Lane; goddaughters, Crystal Evans, Karmala Jackson and Yanetta Arnold; godson, Deitrich Lyon and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The Wake will be held at Pompey's Temple COGIC on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. The celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at The Lord's Temple City of Refuge. Burial will immediately follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, San Mateo, Fla.
Arrangements are entrusted to Coleman's Mortuary, 312 N. Main Street, Hastings, FL 32145 904.692.1160.
8824 West Church Street Hastings, FL 32145
Published in St. Augustine Record on July 4, 2014