Shirley Maurine Baker

February 6, 1941 - December 8, 2018


Shirley Maurine Baker, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Peachtree Mena Assisted Living. She was born on Thursday, February 6, 1941 to Hugh and Eleanor Cameron Edwards in Nunley, Arkansas. 

Shirley moved to Oklahoma in early childhood and as a young woman, moved to Houston, Texas, where she met and married her husband, Rex Baker. Several years later, they moved to Longview, Washington, where they lived for 35 years before retiring and eventually moving to Mena in 2003. She and her husband were married just under 55 years before he passed in January 2015. Shirley was a kind and generous woman. She was a lifetime Christian and Baptist who loved God and her family. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was happiest when her house was full of family members. Shirley loved music, especially Gospel, and could often be heard humming or softly singing around the house. Her other loves were gardening, bingo at the American Legion, quilting, and serving food at 9th Street Ministries with the First United Methodist Church group. She had made several quilts for family members and had won ribbons at the Ouachita Quilt Shows. Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex Dennard Baker; her step-father, Clinton Orbie Coverdill; one son, Tony Morris; and two brothers, James Edwards and Gerald Edwards.

Shirley is survived by one son and daughter in law, Rex and Michelle Baker of Stafford, Virginia; two daughters and sons in law, Sandra and Mark Wiggins of Mena, and Mary and Michael Meier of Mena; one sister, Davona Caldwell of Eufaula, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Amber Montecchie of Boise, Idaho, Krystal Cavelli of Mena, David Meier of Newport News, Virginia, Amanda Wiggins of Mena, Cameron Baker of Auburn, Alabama, and Kelsey Wiggins of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Tiffiny Cavelli of Mena, and Natalie Cavelli of Mena; many half-siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and nationwide.

A small, private memorial service for family and friends is planned for late January. Shirley will be interred at Nunley Cemetery, alongside her husband. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. 

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the 9th Street Ministries at 306 9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953, or the First United Methodist Flower Fund at 501 9th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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12-10-18 10:52 a.m. 

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