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Helen Oosterman Baker

May 8, 1928 — December 26, 2017

Helen Oosterman Baker

G. Helen Baker, 89, died Tuesday , December 26, at the Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach, SC. Mrs. Baker was born in Whitinsville, MA to the late George T. Oosterman and Josephine (Josie) Koopmans. After her mother’s death Mrs. Baker was raised by her stepmother Edith Oosterman.

Mrs. Baker was married to John C. Baker on June 6, 1950 in Whitinsville, MA and they were married for 67 years.

Mrs. Baker worked for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company for a few years but her priorities were being a homemaker while volunteering at the church and helping others.

A visit to the Baker’s house almost always involved a homemade dessert that Helen had prepared that day.

Mrs. Baker faithfully wrote a handwritten letter to all her children every week for years and continued to do so even after discovering email in her late 70’s.

Helen’s hobbies included baking, the church bell choir, and knitting.  Many babies born in hospitals in North Carolina and Indiana had their first pictures taken while wearing baby hats Mrs. Baker had knit.

In 1998 Mrs. Baker, along with her husband John were recipients of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for helping the homeless in Richmond County.

Mrs. Baker spent many hours each week cooking food for the homeless shelter and considered the men and women as part of her extended family.  The homeless shelter in Rockingham was renamed “The Baker House.

Helen Baker is survived by her husband John C. Baker, sons Russell Baker (Linda), David Baker (Jeri) and Douglas Baker (Doris), one daughter, Judy Patterson (Rick), 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Additionally Mrs. Baker is survived by brothers Jim Oosterman and Ralph Oosterman. Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her brothers Ray Oosterman and Lenny Oosterman.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 30 from 12:45-1:45PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Rockingham, followed by a 2:00PM service to celebrate the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Baker.

Memorials may be given to Embrace Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, or your local homeless shelter.


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

12:45 - 1:45 pm (Eastern time)

Carter Funeral Home Colonial Chapel

705 South Caroline Street, Rockingham, NC 28379

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