Born to a West Texas pioneer family in February of 1936, Mary Ann Baker peacefully left this world in the same month as her birth.
She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Lanham Brown and Mary Lois Hodnett in Howard County. The elder sister to Guy Hodnett of Sand Springs and to the late Roger "Butch" Hodnett of Vincent, she attended school with them in Coahoma. There she met the love of her life and was later wed to Bobby Gene Baker, who still resides in Sand Springs.
The couple lived out their enduring love affair together for more than 58 years. They raised five children from West Texas to the plains of New Mexico and back: Randy Baker of Tyler, Texas; Micky Baker-Berta of Hobbs, N.M., Robert Baker of Gardendale, Texas; Misty Baker of Coahoma, Texas; and Christy Clark of Big Spring, Texas.
Her greatest joys were found in the family time she spent with her children, grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She also had a lifelong love for animals, especially dogs and horses. Horses remained a real pleasure in her life and carried over to her love of horse racing in the mountains of Ruidoso, N.M. The Bakers are gamblers by nature and Ann was no exception — she spent countless holidays of late night poker games and thrilled to the sound of coins falling from the slots.
Ann is survived by her husband, Bobby; her brother, Guy; all of her children, Randy and Kim, Micky and Ray, Robert, Misty and Christy; her grandchildren, Brandon Baker of Longview, Texas, Alison Wells of Lubbock, Texas, Randal Clark of Midland, Texas, Cole Clark of Hobbs, N.M., Jeremy Baker of Tyler, Texas, Bryan Parker of Lubbock, Texas, Jordyn Caraway of Kilgore, Texas, and Misty Dawn Gray of Dallas, Texas.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. The celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel, 301 E. 24th St., Big Spring, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House Foundation, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas 79761. The family wishes to especially thank them, as they took such wonderful care of Mom in her final days.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com