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LTC Gertrude E. Baker, Army Nurse Corps, (Ret) died after a long battle with Alzheimers on 8 July 2009. Gert was born in Brooklyn, New York on 11 July 1937. She was preceded in death by her father, Reginald H. Baker and mother Salome' Baker, brother Roderick Baker and brother Reginald H. Baker Jr. She is survived by her brother Charles F. Baker, his wife Bonita and children Cornell Baker and Aliah Baker-Holman. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by special friends Victoria Bennett, Lars Hundere, Grace and Maris, Laurie Aust and Marian Walls [ and numerous friends and colleagues too numerous to list here. Suffice it say, everyone knew Gertrude! ] Gert graduated from Bellevue and Mills School of Nursing, New York City, in 1958. She joined the Army Nurse Corps and began her career at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Her travels in the Army took her to many places in the US to include Brooke Army Medical Center. She served in the Republic of Vietnam at the 36th Evacuation Hospital. LTC Bakers' awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class. Following her retirement from the Army in 1977, Gert pursued another goal that she was passionate about. She attended the University of Incarnate Word and obtained her degree in Theatre Arts. She is well known in San Antonio as a performer, organizer and director. She served on many boards and panels with Jump-Start Performance Company, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, The Alamo Theatre Arts Council, Carver Community Cultural Center to name but a few. Gert collected many pieces of local and Mexican art. She was an active member of the Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, and the Witte Museum. She was actively involved in fund raising and most notably with the Espernaza Peace and Justice Center, the Carver and University of the Incarnate Word Scholarship Program. She was an outstanding performer and was in many plays such as "A my name is Alice", "High Yellow Rose" and "Night Mother". She enjoyed reading stories and poems for audiences and was very active in this venue. Gert loved to begin her day with a long luncheon with friends and maybe do some shopping and the evening would include a theatre arts production, a fund raiser, attending a showing of new artworks followed by a breakfast at Earl Abels, the original one on Broadway. Gert was an avid sports fan and followed the Spurs and Silver Stars Basketball games closely. Gert was also an active member of The Army Nurse Corps Association and the 36th Evacuation Hospital Reunion Group. She supported the AMEDD Museum, Fort Sam Houston, Tx and was a frequent shopper in the Gift Shop. My, how Gert loved to shop!! Gertrude will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Army Nurse Corps Association, The AMEDD Museum, Espernaza Peace and Justice Center. The family would like to thank the care providers at the Audie Murphy VA GEM/Memory Clinic, Esplanade Gardens Assisted Living Facility and Odyssey Hospice for the care and compassion provided to Gertrude and family. A visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home from 6 PM to 8 PM on Thursday, 16 July 2009. The Funeral Service will be held at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, at 12:00 Noon on Friday, 17 July 2009 with burial following at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. To leave a message for the family, go to www.mem.com.

Published in Express-News on July 14, 2009
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