Ruth Estelle Baker, 64, daughter of William Otis and Mollie Rachell Benton Johnson, was born Dec. 15, 1939, at Pleasant Plains, Ark. She died Aug. 20, 2004, at her home in Houston after a lengthy illness.She married Jerry Denny Baker Aug. 4, 1956, at Poplar Bluff, They had three children.The Bakers moved to Houston in 1966.Mrs. Baker was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Souls Harbor Family Worship. She was active in community and civic affairs until her health failed.She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hazel Taylor; and one brother, L. J. Johnson.Surviving are her husband of the home; two sons, Michael Dennis and Jerry Keith of Houston; one daughter, Suzette Peters of Virginia; one brother, Murl Johnson of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Shelby Mansur of Little Rock, Ark., and Catherine Jones of Cahokia, Ill.; and six grandchildren.Services were Aug. 24 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. “

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