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2010-05-14 / Obituaries

Florence Aurelia Biggers Baker

April 27, 1917- May 8, 2010 April 27, 1917- May 8, 2010 Florence Aurelia Biggers Baker died peacefully, after a long battle with heart failure, on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Florence Baker was born April 27, 1917 in Lexington, Lee County to Jackson and Elise (Stullken) Biggers. Her parents taught their children to be independent and to support themselves. Education and work were always emphasized.

She was a lifelong member of the University Methodist Church in Austin.

After graduating from Austin High School as a National Honor Student, in January 1935, she attended the University of Texas, graduating in June 1940 with a Business Administration degree. After graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Flatonia, Texas, teaching business subjects and health for the girls, and sponsored the high school paper, volley ball coach, pep squad leader and co-sponsor of the Senior Class at a salary of $90.00 a month.

In June of 1942, she started working at Camp Swift in the Medical Supply Department of the Hospital. She worked there until 1946. She would recall the German prisoners of war coming into the complex.

In 1946, she worked for Homer P. Rainey, University of Texas President, as his secretary. Then in 1947 she began working with the State Bar of Texas and retired on March 31, 1980.

In 1953, she met the love of her life, Noel James (N.J.) Baker and married on February 19, 1954, at the University Methodist Church. She immediately accepted and loved N.J.’s thirteen year old son, Alfred James (A.J.) as her own. She became active in ranching with her husband after her marriage. She also loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and she was the family historian. She was interested in the lives of all members of her extended family. Therefore she was known as “Sister” to family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jackson Alexander (Buddy) and William (Bill) Biggers, and her husband, N.J. Baker. She is survived by one dear sister, Elsie (Puddin’) Biggers Partee, two sisters-in-law, Gladys Biggers and Scottie Biggers, her son, Alfred James (A.J.) Baker, daughter in law, Lillie Baker, two grandchildren, Skyla Baker and Mark Baker, one great-granddaughter, Makaela Baker, and numerous special nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. FM 1431, Cedar Park, Texas with burial at Liberty Hill Cemetery on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be at Beck Funeral Home on Thursday, May 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to the Charles Kasper/Florence B. Baker Scholarship Fund, % Mr. Otto Steinhauser, 6439 N. State Highway 95, Flatonia, Texas 78941, the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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