Pauline Amyra Clayton Baker
April 29, 1921 - January 26, 2018
Pauline Amyra Clayton Baker, 96, of Talent, Oregon passed away January 26, 2018 after living an incredibly interesting life of many years. She suffered a stroke and did not recover. Her family was with her during her hospital stay.
Pauline worked for Lockheed Corporation during World War II as a secretary.
Pauline was born April 29, 1921 in El Paso, Texas. In 1951, she married Joseph Baker, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved from Santa Fe Springs to Talent, Oregon in 1979.
Prior to moving to Oregon, she worked as the secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norwalk, California from 1967 to 1979.
She was involved with the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs (OFWC) and she and Joseph were founding members of the Rogue Valley Classic Chevy Club (RVCC). They were involved in many car shows and fun runs, cruising around in their "classy" 1955 Chevy Nomad!
In 2005, Pauline received the President's Call to Service Award recognizing those who have dedicated at least 4,000 hours over the course of their life in service to others. In 2012, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award.
Volunteer services included work with the Jackson County Library Service, for which she received a Certificate of Longevity for service from 1980 to 2006. She was most active with the Friends of the Library - Talent. She assisted with the Home Extension Programs, including the Carnival of Learning events for children.
Pauline also volunteered as a Tax Aide Counsellor for the Elderly with AARP for more than 10 years. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Treasury.
She was actively involved in volunteer work with the Rogue Valley Council on Aging, Loaves and Fishes, Access, and Food and Friends, from which she retired after years of service in 2017.
Her passion for volunteer service to others was and should be inspiring.
Pauline was an avid reader, and an amazingly versatile craft person. She painted, knitted, tatted, crocheted, worked stained glass, gardened (including orchids), collected postage stamps, and worked with a group of ladies making hundreds of lap quilts, which they donated to charitable organizations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph. Surviving family includes children, Dallas Scott (spouse Marilyn) Baker, Alan Henry (spouse Ellene Lynn) Baker, Linda Frances Soto, and Paul Joseph Baker. Grandchildren include Maria Deann Molinari (spouse J.P.), Jason Russel Olson (spouse Youko), Matthew S. Baker, Rachel L. Baker, and Christopher Soto (spouse Jessica). Great-grandchildren include Enzo Cruz Molinari, Veramae (Aiko), Madisyn (Kayo) Olson, and Darla Soto.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medford Gospel Mission.