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In Memory of

Betty L. Baker

August 9, 1928 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


Mrs. Betty Long Baker, age 88, widow of Norwood F. Baker, died on May 11, 2017. She had survived The Great Depression, early widowhood and cancer.

Mrs. Baker was born in Rock Hill, SC and spent her adult life in Charlotte, NC. She attended Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (currently known as UNC-Greensboro). Mrs. Baker was secretary to the Vice President of the Insurance Dept. of American Trust Company (later known as Bank of America). After seven years she left to have her family - two daughters. Later, she was employed...

Mrs. Betty Long Baker, age 88, widow of Norwood F. Baker, died on May 11, 2017. She had survived The Great Depression, early widowhood and cancer.

Mrs. Baker was born in Rock Hill, SC and spent her adult life in Charlotte, NC. She attended Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (currently known as UNC-Greensboro). Mrs. Baker was secretary to the Vice President of the Insurance Dept. of American Trust Company (later known as Bank of America). After seven years she left to have her family - two daughters. Later, she was employed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System and was the first administrative assistant at Olde Providence Elementary School, which opened in 1968. She continued to work there for 22 years until her retirement in 1990.

Mrs. Baker joined Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in 1947 and was an active member over the years. She taught Sunday school in the Youth Department and worked with preschoolers in Vacation Bible School. Mrs. Baker was the first woman to serve on the Endowment Committee, and also served on the Finance Board.

She is survived by her two daughters, Cathy Baker Chinlund and her husband, Harvey B. Chinlund, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC and Lynn Baker Allen and her husband, Randall W. Allen of Charlotte; three grandchildren, whom she loved dearly: Catherine "Katie" Chinlund, Chadwick "Chad" Allen, and Meredith Allen Speas and her husband, Matthew Speas; two sisters, Brenda Funderburk and Bernice Parker and her husband, Larry Parker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Austin and Jean Baker, Frank and Priscilla Baker, Carolyn Baker and Doris Evans; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

The family would like to thank the staff at Carmel Hills Retirement Center for their tender care and compassionate concern for our mom these past two years.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 15th, in the Chapel of Harry & Bryant Funeral Home, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or to the Susan G. Koman Breast Center, 2316 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.