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Jacqueline Ferris Baker


1932 - 2014
Jacqueline Ferris Baker Obituary
Jacqueline Baker, 82, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Oct. 24, 2014, after a difficult battle with bladder cancer. Celebration of life: Saturday, Nov. 8, at her home -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for friends and family and 2 to 4 p.m. for dear neighborhood friends. Private interment: at a future date in the columbarium of Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Johns Hopkins University and send to Bladder Cancer Research Fund, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 401 Broadway, Room 2242, Baltimore, Md. 21231-2410. Jacqueline was born in Euless on Jan. 6, 1932, to Peggy and Roxie Ferris. She had one younger brother, Roxie Maurice, and she was very close to his family, wife, Nelda, and children, Theressa and Tom. Jacqueline strove for excellence in everything she did. She was a magna cum laude student who graduated from Polytechnic High in 1949, spent one year at SBI College and graduated from Texas Wesleyan. She completed her master's in education from TCU and taught at Little Elementary for several years. While at Texas Wesleyan, she met the love of her life, Barney Baker, in Spanish class. They married in 1952 and spent 61 wonderful years together. They had two children, Roxann, born in 1954, and Lee, born in 1956. In 1965 her husband, Barney, left his job as tax assessor of Arlington and started a mass appraisal business, Professional Appraisal Co. She soon joined him to co-own and manage the business. They had great success as a team and many happy and enjoyable years. They traveled the world and enjoyed all the privileges life had to offer. She and Barney both had private pilot's licenses they used for business and pleasure. After retirement they built a home on Lake Arlington in probably the friendliest neighborhood in Texas. They grew to love all their neighbors like family and were always heading off to a get-together. Jacqueline had two grandchildren who were the most dear to her heart, Tyler and Laurel. She took frequent trips to visit them each year in California and they spent summers with her. She was an indulgent, fun and loving grandmother who will be deeply missed. Jacqueline lived to see and love two adorable great-grandchildren, Grantham and Paige. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roxie; and son, Lee. Survivors: Husband, Barney Baker; daughter, Roxann DeLaMater (Terry); grandchildren, Tyler DeLaMater (Abbie) and Laurel Janssen (Craig); and great-grandchildren, Grantham DeLaMater and Paige Janssen.
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 2, 2014
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