Elnora May Baker passed away peacefully in Flagstaff early in the morning of Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 205 W. Lee St. in Winslow. She will be interred in the Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
All who knew her will remember her as a kind and helpful lady with a wonderful sense of humor and a resume of artistic and creative talents–she was an excellent bread baker, candle maker, seamstress, a master of crochet, beadwork and embroidery, an artist of oil and fabric painting, and a skilled jewelry designer. She used her talents to make gifts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many friends, and sold small items to help make ends meet during the tight times. Elnora loved to watch movies–all kinds–and she loved to read. She always had a book by her chair, as well as at least one crossword puzzle.
She was renowned for her love of family, and her memory of history, names and events; she stayed sharp until nearly the end of her 93 years.
Elnora was the eldest of 10 children born to Walter Perry Blake and Mabel Agnes Fox on Jan. 22, 1923, on a farm in North Platte, Neb. Her family moved to Prescott in 1940, where she worked many jobs, and was married and divorced twice, working as a single mother to support both sons before marrying Leslie Baker in 1950, to whom she was devoted until his death in 1984. They lived in the Ashfork/Seligman area, working summers in the Grand Canyon for several years, where Les worked on the railroad, moving to Winslow in 1960, to Flagstaff in 1962 and finally settled back in Winslow in 1963. She lived at the Peaks in Flagstaff for the last five years.
She was not able to finish high school until she was about 29 years old in Ashfork, then when they moved to Flagstaff she completed cosmetology school and enjoyed working as a beautician for the next 25 years. She really liked people and Elnora enjoyed friendships through her work, her membership in the Methodist Church of Ashfork and Winslow, and through her service as the president of the board of directors for the senior center in Winslow.
She was preceded in death by both parents; brothers Delbert, Orvie, Bernard, Leonard and Lyle; and sisters Beatrice and Lucy.
Survivors include a brother, Gene Blake (Luisa) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Geraldine Vickers of Phoenix; two sons, George Robert “Bob” Eitel (Jackie) of Lakeside, Calif., and Jerry Sadler (Gail) of Winslow; a stepdaughter, Beverly (Ron) Simmons of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved.
Her family and friends will always remember her as selfless and generous with her time, her love and her talents.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.