Amory - Oneta Pearce Baker, 88, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Dec. 21, 1922, in Amory, she was a daughter of Coleman E. and Clara B. Sewell Pearce. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School and a business college graduate. She worked as an executive secretary until retiring in 1993. She married John Robert Patton in June 1955, and they lived in St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis for several years. She married Ralph A. Baker in 1993. A faithful member of First United Methodist Church, she loved her church, was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class, and was always volunteering for church functions. Having served in several offices, she was a past president of the United Methodist Women. Passionate about the Flower Lovers Garden Club, Mrs. Baker was a Master Flower Show judge. She was a member of the Frisco Club and AARP, having served as vice president and secretary. A people-person, she always practiced the Golden Rule. A loving and caring lady, she enjoyed flower gardening and traveling.
She is survived by her cousin, John E. Sewell (Mary Ellen) of Pontotoc; aunt, Lorena White of Birmingham, Ala.; nephew, Burnell Hollingsworth (Barbara) of Aberdeen; and a host of other cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands; and a brother, C.E. Pearce Jr.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Sept. 21 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.
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