The Curry Coastal Pilot

Betty Jane Baker

June 15, 1937-May 24, 2014

Longtime Brookings resident Betty Jane Baker, 76, passed away at her home in Brookings on May 24, 2014.

Betty was born June 15, 1937, in Oakland, California, one of 13 children to Thomas and Grace (Mitchell) Lawless. She grew up in Grants Pass.

On Aug. 10, 1953, Betty married John Caroll Baker in Grants Pass. They moved to Brookings in 1968.

Mostly a homemaker, Betty spent a few years working outside the home in a local grocery store and doing fire watch in the summer. She was an avid bowler and loved taking trips to Reno. In recent years, Betty knitted hats to be donated to local newborn babies.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Bob and Charlene Baker of Prospect, Ohio; John and Jeanne Baker of Sam's Valley; daughter Pam Baker of Forest Grove; grandchildren Melissa, Nicole, Randy, Michael, Johnny, Jennifer, Joe, JR and Teresa; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers Lewis and Everett; sisters Iva, Barbara and Melissa; sisters-in-law Eleene Coonce and Beverly Lawless. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband John, in 1998; brothers Earl, Harold and Robert; and sisters Donna, Ruby, Marian and Bessie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sutter Coast Home Care, 800 E. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.