Mary Ann Baker, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday June 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born March 11, 1929, in Diehlstadt, MO, the daughter of William Earnest and Nada Ellen English Anderson.  She and Bill J. Baker were married Jan. 2, 1948 in Piggott AR.

Mary Ann grew up on a cotton farm in Morley and graduated from Morley High School in 1947.  She and her brother Billy managed cotton fields for their father and she convinced her friends to help out.  Mary Ann would often drive the red Farmall tractor to town to pick up mail and “hang out” with friends at the post office.  She played basketball and was the star of the Morley High School team she also played the saxaphone in the band.  In 1944 she was  crowned Neighbor Day Festival Queen in Benton, MO and in 1945, she became the Cotton Carnival Queen of Scott County.   Mary Ann worked along side her husband as the Book keeper for B & B Marine but was most happy about her time as a school teacher in a one room school house in Diehlstadt. She was also a member of the Cape Girardeau Pilots Club.

Loving survivors include her son, Joe Robert (Joy) Baker of Jackson, Mary Ellen (David) Fehrmann of Washington, DC and Deborah Elaine Naeter of Cape Girardeau as well as eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, sisters Wilma Faye Friga and Francys Marie Winder and a brother Billy Bryant Anderson.

A private family committal service will be held with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Southeast Missouri Hospital Hospice.

Local arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.

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  1. Jane Shearer Edwards

    Lovely Mary, such a good friend to my parents Madge and Cecil Shearer, and always so sweet to me.

  2. Staci Ray Lawler

    I am very sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderfully loving person. I will always remember her & my Mom drinking coffee, eating candy bars and talking after Bill & my Dad went to work. She always made me a cup of coffee too. I felt so grown up even if it was mostly milk & sugar. She will be missed.

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