A new spirit was set loose in the universe August 2, 2017 when Lois Baker left this life for her new one. Mom was the first of three girls born in April, 1921 to Grace and Ivan Mays of Indiana. After graduating from high school, she moved to Chicago. There she started a family that included a daughter and four sons. Her children include, Lynn (Dick), Carl (Carolyn), Jeff (Terry), and Ivan (Linda); her youngest son, Virgil died at age three.
Lois later married to Wilson Baker, also from Indiana, and they blended two families of eight by adding Jack (Carolyn), Marilyn (Ken), and Ron (Deanna), and in 1962 they adopted Janine Cholette (Rob). This union resulted in 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 47 great-great-grandchildren; the youngest is nine months old. Throughout her life, she lived in Florida and Ashland and Portland, Oregon. She called Portland home for the last 50 years.
Mom loved to travel. She visited all 50 states, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Canada and Mexico.
Mom was a hard worker. She and dad owned three businesses in her life, and she owned a fourth by herself. She owned Vermont Cleaners in Portland for 31 years, which she passed on to a family member who kept it in the family for another 13 years. That business is still alive and well today and one of mom’s first employees still works there.
In mom’s last days her sisters, Marg (Indiana) and Vivian (California) and their daughters, Jolee and Gere got to spend time with her as did most of her family. Mom passed away at home in her own bedroom where dad passed away years before.
We, the family and extended family (mom, like a magnet, always gathered people around her) will miss her vitality, goodness, graciousness, generosity, and her love of a good time! Hopefully she passed that down to us. What an example she was for us.
The family will be having a celebration of life near mom’s next birthday. We will be sending out save the date cards in the future.