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Pearl Elizabeth Baker

   Pearl Elizabeth Baker, 86, a long-time resident of Vernon, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Wilbarger Street Church of Christ with David McSpadden, a cousin of Mrs. Baker’s, officiating.  Interment will follow at Wilbarger Memorial Park in Vernon.
   Mrs. Baker was born Oct. 5, 1927 in Childress County. She was the daughter of L.D. Hightower and Mary Etta Hightower.   She married M.T. Baker on Aug. 11, 1951 in Vernon.
   A 59 year resident of Wilbarger County, Mrs. Baker lived the last three years of life with her daughter Beth in Lewisville, TX and in the Sandy Lake Rehab and Care Center in Coppell. She was a founding member of the Lockett Church of Christ, loving homemaker, and community volunteer.
   Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Lane and husband Mark of Lewisville, and Cecelia Mae Stockdell and husband Thomas of Waxahachie; two sons, Dr. Mathew T. Baker and wife Becky of Lubbock, and Dr. Walter John Baker and wife Camille of Seymour; one sister, Nila Joyce Chambliss of Amarillo; eight grandchildren, Dawn Stringer of Garland, Gary O’Neal of Buda, Blaine Miller of McKinney, Jon O’Neal of Dale, Paige Peters of Fort Worth, Thomas Baker of Lubbock, Josiah Baker of Lubbock and Clara Baker of Lubbock, and nine great grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, M.T. Baker; a son, Limiel Derwood; two brothers, Bobby Carroll and L.F. Hightower, and one sister, Clois Marie Plant.
   Pallbearers will be Mrs. Baker’s grandsons: Kenny Stringer of Garland, Blaine Miller of McKinney, Gary Don O’Neal of Buda, Jon Wesley O’Neal of Dale, Ross Peters of Fort Worth, Thomas Baker of Lubbock, and Josiah Baker of Lubbock.
   Memorials may be made to the Vernon College Scholarship Fund.
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