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Rita L. Baker

May 26, 1947 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Rita Baker Obituary

Rita was the friendliest person you could ever meet.  She could talk to anybody and even once talked for 20 minutes to a person who mistakenly called our house.  She easily made friends everywhere she went.  All who got to know her loved her—even those she met in her last 5 years when she could barely talk.  

Rita was born in Bisbee Arizona in 1947. She lived there for 25 years until she married her husband, Jim.  They were married in Bisbee February 17, 1973.  Together they lived all over the USA and travelled to most of Canada and Europe.  They had two children, Kristy and Jon, who were the center of her life.  She was a homemaker until the kids were old enough to care for themselves after school. She worked at Fort Huachuca, the US Bureau of Reclamation, and then for the Social Security Administration until she retired.  Both Jim and Rita retired in 2007 and moved back to Arizona.

Rita was happiest in the kitchen. Food was her love language.  Her Mexican and Italian heritage resulted in one fantastic cook.  Her spaghetti sauce and Mexican dinners were legendary.  She was also notorious for either substituting or omitting ingredients she didn’t have or didn’t like.  She once made applesauce raisin cookies without applesauce or raisins.  They were surprisingly delicious.  That’s how good she was.

She cared deeply for all that were close to her.  Every time we would move, she would cry to leave friends and family and most would cry that she was leaving.  

Rita loved God and was active in charismatic prayer groups. She spent the first hour of every day in prayer before anyone else was up.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and a eucharistic minister at Prince of Peace.  As a prayer warrior she prayed along with other members of a phone prayer circle. They prayed for people that called the church office asking for prayers.

She loved music and was a member of the Tremble Clefts, a choir consisting of Parkinson’s patients that meet to practice and present concerts to retirement homes and churches.  Being a part of the group singing at those concerts were the happiest part of her week.

Multiple Symptom Atrophy (MSA) took her life on February 12.  It’s a horrible disease that slowly robs you of all muscle control and memory.  Yet, she never complained or cried or asked “Why me?”-- even when she was completely helpless and could barely communicate.  She died 5 days before her 51st wedding anniversary.  

The nurses and CNAs at Hospice Promise took such good care of her for her last 3 years.  All considered her a friend and loved her spunky personality.

Everyone will definitely miss you Rita, but you are with God now looking down on us.  Ask Him to take care of us, too.  Amen

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