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Carol Baker

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Carol Baker Obituary
Carol Baker, of Redlands, California, passed away on May 24, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born in 1927 in San Bernardino, California to William and Mabel Hildebrand. In 1946, she married Neal T. Baker. Together they built a successful fast food company, Baker's Drive-Thru. She also ran her own interior design firm, Baker's Interiors, for over thirty years, whose clients included Baker's Drive Thru, The Bank of San Bernardino and many residences in the Inland Empire. Neal and Carol were married for sixty-two years until his death in 2008. Active in the Redlands community, she was involved with many organizations. Carol was a member of The First Church of Christ Scientist of Redlands, a docent at Kimberly Crest House and Gardens, a member of Town and Gown of the University of Redlands receiving a Woman of The Year award in 1999, and served on The University of Redlands Board of Trustees. She sponsored many summer programs at The Redlands Bowl, and was a supporter of the Redlands Symphony, A.K. Smiley Library, and The Family Service Association of Redlands. In 2012, Carol was honored with the Alfred H. Smiley Philanthropic Award from the Family Service Association.
Survivors include her daughters, Janise Talley and her husband Terry Talley of Redlands, Janet Walek and her husband Mark Walek of Newport Beach; grandchildren, Jennifer Medeiros and her husband Emery Medeiros of Redlands, Melissa Carol Abdine and her husband Alan Abdine of Austin, Texas and Michael Walek of New York City; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Neal Medeiros, Paisley and Magnolia Abdine.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to A.K. Smiley Library, Kimberly Crest House and Gardens, Redlands Family Service, or The Redlands Symphony.
Published in Press-Enterprise from June 3 to June 4, 2017
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