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BAKER Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Ann McDonald Baker passed away December 26,2011, in Jacksonville, Florida following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Ann was born on December 14, 1937, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of Samuel Howard McDonald and Frances Lineberger McDonald. Ann attended The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Ann is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ted; their four children, Tom Baker (Martha), Missy Boney (Roland), Sally Lee (Larry) and Margaret Wetherbee (Francis); ten grandchildren: Cameron, Sam and Julia Baker, Cynnie and Mac Boney, Annie and Teddy Lee, and Frances, Berkeley and Sims Wetherbee; and her two sisters, Frances Vaughn and Martha Robinson. Ann was a devoted wife and mother who loved her husband, children and her grandchildren Ann was dedicated to her church, family and community. Her life was filled with many accomplishments. Ann believed in the idea of partnerships for success. Over the past fifty years, Ann's leadership has been a catalyst for growth and change in the Jacksonville community. Her love for the arts, education and beautification helped visualize and co-found the Arts Assembly (now the Cultural Council), Greenscape of Jacksonville, Douglas Anderson School of Arts , and the Women's Giving Alliance. Ann's civic involvements included: WJCT, Jacksonville Symphony, Daniel Memorial Home, Action Plan for the Arts, Bartram School Board, Hope Haven Hospital Board, Leadership Jacksonville, Art in Public Places Commission, Community Council Plan, The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Colonial Dames, Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, Cummer Council, St. Mark's Episcopal Foundation Board, St. Mark's Episcopal Day School Board, Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Performing Arts, State of Florida Arts Council, The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Mayor's Park Task Force, and the Late Bloomers Garden Club. Ann was the first Woman to sit on the Community Foundation Board where she served for over twelve years. She was the recipient of the Eve Lifetime Achievement Award, the One Jax Circle of Honorees Award and the Girl Scout's Women of Distinction Award. Ann's love for her community motivated her to serve and make a difference that our community will continue to feel. A service to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, December 29th, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 27, 2011
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