Russell High Class of 1959
home of the wildcats
Deceased September 26,2011
Last address:527 Rimrock Trail, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Spouse: Virgil Baker, RHS 1957
During our Junior year, I married Virgil Baker. As a result, I attended Hoke Smith High School during my senior year. I graduated on time in 1959.
Virgil and I have now been married over 51 years, and we have 4 children. Two Boys and two girls. They have given us nine grandchildren - six grandsons and three granddaughters. More on these later.
I spent the early years of married life as a stay-at-home homemaker and later as a stay-at-home mom. Stay-at-home is a bit of a misnomer for a mom, however. The children were into everything, and I was almost a full time chauffeur. The girls were active in Girl Scouts, majorettes, band and Rainbow and the boys were in to sports and band. I worked in Girl Scouts for 12 years in addition to the camping trips and selling Girl Scout Cookies. I taught Kindergarten while the kids were in school. When the children were older, I worked for a year at Georgia Power.
That year at Georgia was filled with excitement. I worked through a temporary agency, and when Georgia Power workers went out on strike, I continued to work. During the strike, I was escorted in and out of the building morning and evening through the picket line. We were ferried to a hotel at night. Just as the strike ended, I was leaving the building when I was halted by the police. It seems that two drinking buddies has gotten into an argument in the doorway. So, I had to jump over a dead body to get out (I jumped with my eyes closed). The 1982 snowstorm that paralyzed Atlanta resulted in another stay-at-work around the clock session. For five days I was working with only short times to get a few hours of sleep at a hotel.
With our Grandsons I got roped into Scouting again. I became a Cub Scout Leader. More camping, projects, field trips, and fun. I really enjoyed working with children, so I worked hard at becoming a better leader. I earned the Wood Badge in scouting, the Powder Horn , and I became a Boy Scout commissioner with several Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs as my responsibility. I finally earned the PhD degree in Scouting Commissioner Science.
In addition to working with children, I enjoy writing (I have a novel in print), genealogical work, reading, and I am active in the Order of the Eastern Star.
Our children all live in the metro Atlanta area. Our oldest, Dren, lives in Snellville and he works for the State as a Supervisor for the Georgia Technology Authority. He will retire in January 2010. He and his wife, Karen, have one son.
Our second child, John, lives in Lilburn with his wife Pam, and they have a daughter 22, a son 18, and a son 16. He works as a programmer-analyst for an airline reservations firm.
Our third child, Laura Miller, is a teacher in the DeKalb system, and she teaches special education in elementary school. She has a son 22, a son 18 who has just joined the Air Force, and a daughter 18.
Our youngest child, Helen Skelton, is a manager of a RadioShack store at Stonecrest Mall, and she lives in Covington. She has a son 18 and a daughter 17.
My husband, Virgil, has been retired since 2001. During his working life he has served on the faculties of Georgia Tech, Southern Tech, Emory University School of Medicine, and Duke University School of Medicine. He has worked as an Engineer, Physicist, Consultant, and an Information Systems Executive at the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. He also does some work as a Photographer in his retirement.