Sarah Elizabeth Nash Baker, beloved wife of William George Baker, beloved mother of Sarah Elizabeth Baker and William George Baker III, Mother-in-law of Amy Baker and grandmother of Boomer Baker, died quietly in her home on Sanibel. She was 90.
Elizabeth Baker - as she was known to everyone - was born in Beldon, Miss. on Jan. 10, 1919. Her father was Dr. N. L. Nash and her mother was Sally Thompson Nash. She also had a brother, Wright Nash, who predeceased her. They moved to Tupelo, Miss. when she was very young and that is where she grew up.
She graduated from the University of Mississippi and was elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority and was a secretary of the Junior Y.M.C.A., President of the Women's Student Government, member of the Student Executive Council, Chairman of High School Extension Cabinet, Reporter of the Education Club and a member of the Home Economical Club.
"She and our father met at Old Miss and although World War II kept them separated for almost two years, they were finally married at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 15, 1942. Last December would have been their 66th wedding anniversary," daughter Liz Baker recalled.
"Our mother was the one who kept the home fires burning, as our dad worked and traveled all the time. My mother always made time to go to every sports event my brother was in and all plays and other activity I did. She always tried to make, not only us but everyone around her feel special. By the time I was in kindergarten, she and my father had settled into Crystal Lake, or Lakewood as the area where we lived was called. My parents spent many hours at their beloved Church in Crystal Lake and doing charity work in the area as well.
"When they first came to Florida after my dad's retirement at age 38, Sanibel became their next great love.They first came to Sanibel in the late 1950s and have owned several homes here as well as a place on Captiva. They were regulars at many of the fine restaurants on Sanibel. They worked many hours at the Sanibel Community Church and loved being there. They worked with the children on Wednesday nights, went to almost every function the church held and became Steven's ministers. Our parents are giving to the church the memorial garden which will be dedicated to them and will be both their final resting place. Money will also be gifted by my Mother for the Widow's Luncheon, and my father will also give a separate gift in his name.
"Our mother was a true Southern Belle, she always had her hair done and her clothes were beautiful, as was she, but her smile expressed that more than any words can and I am sure that everyone who knew her would agree. She always had a kind word for everyone and offered help when she felt it was needed. She was generous with her love, her time and anything she could contribute. She is much missed by all who loved her.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Sanibel Community Church on Monday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. We ask all those who wish to attend to come and celebrate her life.