Patricia Ann Baker, age 76, of Alpena, formerly of Plainwell, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center of Alpena, surrounded by her family.
On May 3, 1941, Patricia was born to the late Thomas and Mary Jane (Beebe) Cox in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She married Jerry Baker on June 9, 1962 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Delton, Michigan. She graduated from Delton-Kellogg High School in 1959, where she was a cheerleader. She worked as a telephone operator before returning to WMU to complete her degree in Elementary Education in 1975. She taught 5th and 6th graders at Delton-Kellogg Middle School for 21 years before retirement. Pat was an avid Detroit Lions and Tigers Fan. She enjoyed traveling, touring Lighthouses in Alpena and Presque Isle County, spending time at the lake, and especially visiting with her friends, family and neighbors.
She is survived by her four children: Laura (Jeff) Hettinger of Martin, MI; Dan Baker of Alpena, MI; Nancy (Steve) Monroe of Plainwell, MI; and Lisa Baker (Karol Bartlam) of Richland, MI. Her 7 grandchildren: Zachary (Grace) Hettinger, Jeremy(Megyn) Hettinger, Shane (Kaleigh) Hettinger, Sydnee Baker, Mitchell, Trenton, and Sophia Monroe; 3 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Hadley, and Sharlette Hettinger. Three Brothers: Thomas (Carolyn) Cox of Otsego, MI; Kenneth Cox of Jacksonville, FL; Martin (Kim) Cox of Montana, one sister-in-law Pamela (Andy) Knight, a brother-in-law Carl (Dodie) Baker, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry on September 20, 2004, her father and mother-in-law Carl and Grace Baker, a step-father Murl Lyon, two sister- in- laws Mary Ann Baker and Arlene Cox, along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Per her wishes she has been taken from the Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home for cremation. A private family burial will take place at the Prairieville Cemetery in Prairieville, Michigan
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alpena Cancer Center in memory of Patricia.