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Elsie BakerIUKA - Elsie Blount Baker, age 79, of Iuka, MS formerly of Cleveland departed this life on Monday April 07, 2014 at the Jackson General Hospital in Jackson, TN.
Visitation will be held Sunday 04/13/2014 from 12:00 PM to 002:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Funeral Services will follow in the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the New Cleveland Cemetery. Reverends Robert Haney and Special Agent Bruce Little will officiate the service.
Elsie was born on February 01, 1935 to James M. and Gladys (Abston) Blount in Monticello, AR. She was a dedicated and devoted registered nurse who cared for hundreds of Mississippi Delta residents throughout her long career. Elsie loved to travel and had traveled the entire United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe extensively. Elsie was a cherished wife, beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband John Thomas Baker, three sisters; Alice Mitchum, Pat Gates, and Thelma Wells
Elsie is survived by Daughter, Susan (Craig) Strain of Cleveland, MS. Daughter, Wanda (Rick) Hendrix of Jonesboro, AR. Daughter, Tammie (Joe) Davidson of Cleveland, MS. Daughter, Kitty (K. G.) Sims of Muscle Shoals, AL. by Daughter, Mandy (Dr. Phil) Norsworthy of Jackson, TN. Sister, Bonnie Burton and two brothers Roger and Raymond Blount. 11 Grandchildren; Sarah, Meredith, Kady, Max, Zac, Stephanie, Blair, Savannah, John Eli, Lauren and Baker. Three great grandchildren; Elaina, Brooklyn and Frazier.
Pallbearers are her nephews Steve, Mike and Nat Baker, Greg and Steve Burton and Allen Pugh. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Helms, Ronnie Perrigin and Jeremy Little.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude's Place Memphis, TN 38501 or American Cancer Society P O Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. On-line guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.
I am very sorry for your loss. You may find comfort at Psalm 34:18, "Jehovah (God) is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Emily - April 30, 2014 at 03:46 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Elsie and i took our first trip together in 1986 and been best friends and traveling buddies ever since. we talked on the phone daily..miss he so much .praying for her dear family.love to all
betty Blackwell - April 13, 2014 at 09:51 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Beautiful Dreams was purchased for the family of Elsie Baker.
April 12, 2014 at 04:59 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
A small world story: I was once married to Elsie's 1st cousin, Horace Mack. I first met Elsie in 1962 at her home in Miss. I went with my mother-in-law, Irene, to get to know Elsie. At the time, her youngest girl was suffering from Whopping cough and, of course, she was very distracted because of it. We were planning a road trip from Miss. to Ohio to join our husbands, who just started new jobs at Ford Motor in Loraine, OH.The day before the trip, she called to tell me she had broken her wrist and wouldn't be able to help me drive to Ohio. We headed out in my station wagon with her five adorable girls and my very young sons. I was also pulling a small trailer containing our life long belongings. The trip took two days during which time Elsie was in constant pain. She wasn't able to do anything for her girls but her oldest, Susan, who was all of 10, took over while on the road and did a wonderful job not only with her sisters but my two sons as well.The trip was mostly uneventful and Elsie remained sweet, calm, friendly towards me and was a good co-pilot. I will never forget that trip.Forty some years later, my husband and I were in Iuka, Miss. to visit my husband's sister and brother-in-law. We attended a potluck dinner in the clubhouse at Pickwick and all their friends came up to us and introduced themselves. This was when I looked into the eyes of this woman who said, "Hi, I'm Elsie Baker". I was dumbstruck and speechless. Suddenly I came to and said, "Are you related to Irene Abston?" and she said, "Yes, she's my aunt." I told her who I was and we hugged and talked for hours getting caught up on each other's lives. She and Johnny left Ohio shortly after moving there and began a new life back home. I was totally amazed at her accomplishments after that move. She talked about her girls, their husbands and her grandchildren with such love. We remained in touch periodically after that and she shared her knowledge of her family history in the Abston family for my family tree. I will never forget her.Marilyn Murtha (Abston) Jeffers
Marilyn Jeffers - April 12, 2014 at 02:24 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Elsie Baker.
April 12, 2014 at 08:07 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My heart aches for all of you girls. My prayers are with you. I was with you when your daddy was making his journey leaving his time on Earth. I know you are saddened and hurting. Remember the good times with your mom and remember how she loved to laugh. My earliest memory of Elsie was being over at her house in Shaw, sitting at the table visiting with her and Louise Walters. Love you girls. Pam McCaffrey Gill
Pam Gill - April 11, 2014 at 08:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
To all the Baker sisters: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom was a very sweet lady. We hope that the wonderful memories you all shared with your mom will bring each of you comfort in the weeks to come. Love you all, Doug and Cindy Cocilova
Doug and Cindy Cocilova - April 11, 2014 at 06:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I enjoyed knowing and working with Ms. Elsie at Bolivar Medical. She always had a smile on her face and it make me feel good to see her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. You will always be the Babysitting Baker Girls to me. E-hugs, Barbara Levingston.
Barbara Levingston - April 11, 2014 at 02:00 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Jodie B. purchased the Garden Accent - Those we love don't go away... for the family of Elsie Baker.
Jodie B. - April 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
It's always letting go of a dear loved one. I would see Elsie from time to time at the Blount reunion in Carrollton but never had the chance to get to know her very well. I do remember her parents Uncle James and Aunt Elsie, remember them quite well. Elsie and my mother were cousins but not sure if first, second, or third, but that doesn't really matter. My sympathy to Bonnie, Roger, Raymond, and her extended family. Rest in peace dear Elsie Baker.
Bonnie Utz Reynolds - April 10, 2014 at 03:43 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM