Mary Nadine Baker

Mary Nadine (Poor) Baker, 78, daughter of William and Mary (Pelican) Poor, was born Aug. 21, 1933, in Licking, Mo. She passed away April 8, 2012, at Houston House surrounded by her family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill Poor, Clyde Poor and Arthur Poor; sisters, Florence Hester, Eathel Poor, Lois Payne, Lurene Thompson, Maxine Autenrieth and Dorthea Stickel; and an infant son, Kelvin.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin of Houston; one daughter, Cassie Gay and husband, Greg, of Roseville, Calif.; two sons, Marty and wife, Jeri, of Houston and Wyn and wife, Michelle, of Wayne, W.V.; seven grandchildren, Chris and Tye Gay, Lori Owen, Jacinda, Caleb, Bethany and Drew Baker; and six great-grandchildren.

Mary was a member of the Church of Christ in Houston, Mo. She was baptized at a young age and remained faithful throughout her years. She loved to sing and had a beautiful alto voice.

Mary who was known by most as “Granny” loved to cook. She was famous for her ham and peanut brittle.

She took notes at church. She wrote down everything and would “threaten” that you better be careful or she would make a “black mark” in her book by your name.

Mary was a wonderful wife, mother and “Granny.” She will be missed by so many.

Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home with Evangelist Ronnie Wade officiating. Pallbearers were Caleb Baker, Chris Gay, Joshua Paulson, Kevin Reed, Gary Gentry and Jayson Wilson. Honorary Pallbearers were Tye Gay and Drew Baker. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be sent to

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