This is the day our Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Dorothy Jean Craft Baker went to be face to face with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 30, 2007. We know, because of her belief in Jesus Christ, she now has no more pain and no more sorrow, the old things are passed away. Because of her faith alone in Christ alone, our Dorothy now resides in that wonderful place called Heaven.
Dot was born in Bay City, Texas, on August 14, 1928, to Bertie and Bose Craft. As a teenager she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City and later as an adult, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Galveston. During World War II, she entertained the troops with her beautiful voice at Camp Hulen in her hometown. She graduated from Bay City High School in 1946 and after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Aubrey (Coach) Baker. A son, Michael, was born April 11, 1947, and as a young family, Dot and Aubrey settled in Houston, Texas, living on the University of Houston campus while Aubrey earned his degree. Dorothy became a full-time coach’s wife at Galena Park and then later at Kirwin High School. A daughter was born July 19, 1957, Andrea Renee. Dot worked for GISD and UTMB for 15 years. Dot and Coach both retired from UTMB in 1992.
As her family and friends mourn her passing, we know that God’s plan and His timing is perfect. Dot Baker was taken from this earth at the appointed time, and we have absolute confidence that she is in the Hands of her Lord, Jesus Christ. We believe, as the Apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Dot is preceded in death by Roger Lane Craft, Bose Craft, Bertie Craft, and Maidelle Craft Yates. Those who will always have the sweet fragrance of her memory in their hearts are her husband and best friend of 60 years, Aubrey Baker; son, Michael Baker and wife, Irene; daughter, Andrea Gossett an husband, Chuck; grandchildren: Mark Williams and wife, Terri; Dr. Michael Lane Baker and wife, Carrie; Kellie Hill and husband, Brad; and Allison Baker; great grandchildren: Sean and Kelley Williams, Sam Houston and Zoey Baker, and Joshua and David Hill; brothers-and sisters-in-law: Frank and Tommye Baker; D.K. and Joan Baker; Janis and John Fulton; Janet and Gerald Gilbert; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Monday, April 2nd, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 3rd, at First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Texas, with Chuck Gossett officiating. Burial will follow the service at Cedar Lane Cemetery in Bay City.
Pallbearers will be Michael Baker, David Ziebart, Jim Craft, Charlie Amato, Bill Mitchell, and Bruce VanLerberghe.
Honorary Pallbearers will be E.J. Bell, Dave Thomas, Harold Ellenbass, and Steve Yates.