Maxine Cora Baker, 72, of Millsboro, Del., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, when she passed away suddenly from complications of a stroke. She was born in Milford, Del., on June 7, 1946, to the late Harry and Cora Marker.
Baker worked for the Indian River School District for 13 years, at Howard T. Ennis in a job she loved, helping students succeed in life. But her passion in life was her family. She was the family cheerleader, rock and voice of encouragement. Baker cherished her family above all else and loved nothing more than spending time together. She started traditions years ago that her great-grandchildren cherish and look forward to today, and those traditions will be kept alive in her honor.
In addition to her parents, Baker was also preceded in death by a son, Vernon Baker Jr., and a sister, Shirley Oliphant. She is survived by her devoted husband of 58 years, Vernon Alvin Baker of Millsboro; her children, Donna Collins and her husband, Alvin, of Georgetown, Del., Dean Baker and his wife, Sylvia, of Georgetown, Jay Baker and his wife, Loretta, of Milton, Del., Kay Baker and her wife, Tara, of Milton, and Bruce Wright and his wife, Dawn, of Gumboro, Del.; her sister, Gail Adkins, and her husband, Joe, of Millsboro; her brothers, Harry Marker and his wife, Betty, of Georgetown, Ronald Marker of Georgetown, and Jeff Marker and his wife, Wendy, of Millsboro; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved with all her heart.
A memorial service was to be held Sept. 22, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del. Burial was to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Howard T. Ennis School; 20346 Ennis St.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.