Shirley Baker

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

Shirley Owens Baker, beloved wife of Jack Baker, a Monroe, NC native.  They were married for 48 years prior to her passing on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at their home in Hubert, NC.  She was the youngest of 4 children born to Lewis and Alvina Owens of Baltimore, MD.  She is survived by her brother, Roger Owens, her sister, Joan Kelly, her husband Jack, her children, David Baker and Cheryl Goodson, her grandsons, Justin and Jason Goodson, and a granddaughter, Ariel Baker.
Shirley was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to Pompano Beach, FL with her family in 1958.  She graduated from Pompano Beach HS and became an employee of Chris Craft until her wedding with Jack, a US Marine recruiter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL during 1965.  She was a Marine wife until his retirement from the Corps in 1979.  They retired in the Camp Lejeune area and later relocated to a home they built in nearby Hubert, NC.  Shirley was a talented craftswoman, seamstress, and crochet artist, and worked on many items that were later donated to churches in NC and MD.  She won many blue ribbons and awards for her handiwork at events such as the Onslow County Fair.  She was an avid bowler and participated in many tournaments, and was a member of a league in Jacksonville.  She enjoyed her monthly gatherings with friends to play Bunco and she was an active member of several book clubs.  Shirley and Jack were insurance agents and the co-owners of Marine Insurance Agency in Jacksonville for 27 years until their retirement in 2013.
A memorial service will be 11 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at McEwen Funeral Home Chapel with visitation to take place 30 minutes prior to the service.
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