Our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, ENID BAKER, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2021 at home with her sweetheart Keith, and nephew Mark, at her side. She has had several years of bad health and now can walk and run and be free of pain.
Enid was born to Pierce and Hilda Wilson on May 5, 1932, in Hiawatha, Carbon County, Utah. She was the 8th child born in a family of nine. The baby sister!
She lived in this coal mining town until she was about age 7. At that time the family moved to Huntington, Emery County, Utah, where Enid went through her school years. She made friends in grade school who have stayed friends their whole lives. She always had lots of friends. She still has lots of friends.
Enid moved to Salt Lake City after graduating from high school to work. She helped with anesthesia for two dentists. In 1956 she was living with Aunt Pearl (as many of us remember her). Pearl was involved with the Arthur Murray Dance group, where it just so happened Keith Baker was teaching dance. Keith and Enid met at one of the dance parties, and fortunately both their dates had to leave early. Keith took Enid home from the party by way of dancing at an all-night club.
They danced their way into marriage on September 29, 1956. The day of the wedding Keith had to work until noon in Salt Lake. He frantically drove to Huntington, Utah, arriving with about 30 minutes to spare. Enid and her dad were getting pretty anxious that he wasn’t going to show up. A special time was when they prepared for and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on October 12, 1991.
The two of them have danced their way through life experiencing many great times and many difficult challenges. Seeing Keith’s devotion to her these past years, particularly these past weeks has shown how much they love each other and have overcome life’s challenges together.
Keith and Enid moved to Augusta Georgia in 1956 for military service. Their son, Gregory John, was born prematurely on April 15, 1957, while still in Georgia and had many issues getting caught up those first months. Their daughter, Valerie Dawn, was born August 14, 1960, after they moved to their first home in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City. Enid’s daughter, Alison Rosales, had been adopted as a newborn before Enid and Keith were married. Alison found Enid and Keith, her new mom and dad, about 25 years ago. What a blessing that she came along soon after Valerie had died in 1991 as a young mother. Unfortunately, Greg also passed away in 2012. Alison and the rest of the grandchildren have been a blessing. Family has been so important to Enid and Keith. She will be greatly missed, especially during holidays and regular family gatherings.
Enid loved her jobs. She held many jobs of leadership after starting as a phone operator at the Salt Lake Credit Bureau. She retired from her job at American Investments. She received the honor of Business Woman of the Year in her Credit Business Women’s club. She was always so proud of this honor. She gave her very best at all her jobs.
Enid loved to travel, whether it was in their trailer at a campground or cruising somewhere. They had the opportunity to travel many places with family and friends. They loved to attend the Shakespeare Festival and Tuachan theater in Cedar City and St. George. They have been able to see much of the country on road trips. In addition, they visited Hawaii twice and took cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska. The Wilson siblings and their spouses could be found camping somewhere in Huntington Canyon every year, where they ate heartily, laughed a lot, and played games around the campfire.
Enid had a well-rounded love of things. Enid and Keith loved to dance. And they danced every chance they got and wherever they could. You could find her at Pioneer Theater with her sister, Lila, and niece, Wendy. Then you could find her home or at the Delta Center cheering on the Utah Jazz. She spent many years with a non-profit group, Women Making a Difference, and made a difference in the projects they worked on and in the hearts of women.
Enid was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They dearly loved their Cannon 9th ward family, as well as their many close neighbors on Stewart Circle. Enid’s favorite position was teaching Primary, and together, they served a mission for Church Member Locators. They loved the people they worked with.
We moved them from their neighborhood, with them and neighbors in tears, in March 2020, just a week before everything shut down from the Covid-19 pandemic. They struggled leaving their home and neighbors they loved, but they settled in nicely at Chateau Brickyard Independent Living. Unfortunately, Enid spent more time at rehab centers, than at home these past few years. In September we had to quickly move them to Alta Ridge Assisted Living in Millcreek. It was hard for them to not be in their beloved home, but at least they were together – no more rehab or hospitals.
Her family and friends will always remember her beautiful smile, her loving heart, and good deeds done for anyone in need.
We’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places, we’ll see you in the morning sun and evening moon. And we will take care of your sweetheart until he comes to dance with you.
Enid is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Valerie, son Greg, her older siblings: June, Beulah, Ruby, Lila, Rex, Lois, and Dean.
Enid is survived by her sweetheart, Keith, her baby brother, Max & Ruth Wilson (Monroe, Utah), sister-in-law, Norma Wilson (Surprise, Arizona), daughter Alison & David Rosales (San Diego, California), daughter-in-law, Cele Baker (Boise, Idaho).
Amy & Rick Stone, Justin & April Woudenberg, Tiffany & Jason Ferriera, Kristopher Baker, Chris Wagaman, Trish King, Amy Glassberg, Becky Rosales, Anthony Rosales, Bryan & Becky Jones, Jenna & Darin Kaye
26 Great grandchildren:
Austin & Shyann Woudenberg, Tayler Kummer & Kory Millburn, Jaydyn Kummer, Stormie Stone, Justin Woudenberg Jr., Kayde Woudenberg, Quinn Hemstreet, Paityn Norman, Makayla Woudenberg, Alexis Willden, Aalisabeth McCombs, Aaliyah Echeverria, Aalijah Pritchett, Vicky King, Brian Meyers, Cody Wagaman, Lindsey Wagaman, Hailey Glassberg, Sierra Allen, Dawn Woudenberg, Haylee Ferreira, Jaysen Ferreira, Jacksin Ferreira, Jaden Kaye, Bryson Kaye, Sydney (Joa) & Thomas Jacobus.
6 Great-great grandchildren
Aubree Woudenberg, Jesse Moore-Kummer, Westin Woudenberg, Henry Milburn, Kejaha Latham, Brooklyn Latham.
And many family members and friends who will miss her dearly.
Funeral services will be held at Cannon 9th LDS chapel, at 1250 W 1400 S, Salt Lake City, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021. A viewing will be at the same location Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and prior to the funeral beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please wear masks and socially distance in respect of the elderly and compromised.
Her burial will follow the funeral at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery at 6500 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT. (South East corner of cemetery.)
The family wish to thank the staff at Encompass Home Health and Hospice, Alta Ridge Assisted Living and Chateau Brickyard Independent Living for their care and concern for Enid and Keith.
Cannon 9th Ward is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Funeral for Enid Baker
Time: Nov 5, 2021 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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