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Service of Worship And Remembrance Held For Ethel H. Baker

KEYSVILLE, May 25 – Ethel Hamlett Baker was born in Campbell County on June 13, 1933, the daughter of Jesse Edward Hamlett and Ellinora Nash Hamlett. She spent her childhood years in the Washington, DC area before settling in Charlotte County by age 18. It was there that she met Russell P. Baker Jr. They were married on December 20, 1952, and remained happily inseparable for 57 years.

Mrs. Baker was employed by Burlington Industries and was a member of management at the Drakes Branch Plant for over 30 years.

She was a Christian and an active member of the Eureka Baptist Church of Keysville. She was a deaconess and a part of the WMU. She served on various committees, including: Baptismal, Cemetery Care, Personnel, and Hospitality, and sang in the church choir.

In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling, camping and all kinds of crafts. The last week of her life was spent on vacation at Topsail Beach and she was looking forward to a trip to New England in the fall. She and her husband were involved in missions, too, regularly helping distribute food through the Bland Ministry Center in Bland.

Mrs. Baker suffered a sudden and devastating cerebral hemorrhage on Wednesday morning of this past week, and died early on Friday morning, May 21, 2010.

She is survived by her husband, Russell Baker; son, Steve Baker and wife, Carolyn of Keysville; daughter, Audrey B. Davidson and husband, Don Davidson of Alexandria; sisters, Erma Moon of Gladys, Alice Belieu of Texas, and Joyce Ann Austin of Gladys; brothers, Robert Hamlett of Lynchburg and Alexander Hamlett of Gladys; grandsons, John Mark Davidson, Nash Baker and Nick Baker. She was preceded in death by siblings, Viola Dagen-hart, Edward P. Hamlett, and David H. Hamlett.

A service of worship and remembrance was held Monday, May 24, at the Eureka Baptist Church.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Cemetery Fund of Eureka Baptist Church, a project for which Mrs. Baker had a long and special interest.

The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, Keysville, was in charge of arrangements.