Baker, Essie

Essie Baker
Have been held.

Essie Baker, 90, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

She was born Aug. 2, 1914, to Nancy and Chester Lee Dement.

She graduated from Portales High School. She married Arlon Baker on Aug. 5, 1933. She raised her children in Portales. She spent her life as a devoted wife and mother, family members said.

She was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery and quilting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Eugene Dement; a great-grandson, Bobby Givens; and by her husband.

She is survived by her son, Edgar Lee Baker of Portales; a daughter, Mary Taylor (and husband, Bob) of Ramah; two grandchildren, Mary Kaye Maloney (Bert) of Portales and Cindy Givens (Tim) of Happy, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Julie Pena, Jack Maloney, Melissa Maloney, Valerie Struve and Jeremy Givens.

David Bennett will officiate the services. Burial will take place at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bert Maloney, Tim Givens, Jack Maloney, Jeremy Givens, Pablo Pena and Tullie Struve.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Third and Kilgore Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.