Edna “Marie” Baker died at age 95, on October 8, 2023, at the home of
her daughter in Brigham City, Utah, Box Elder County, Utah. She was
born on September 27, 1928 in Brooker, Bradford County, Florida to Arthur
Allen and Lottie Norman Edwards. She was born at home, on the farm,
the middle of three children. She had an older brother Albert “Ernest” Edwards and a younger brother Harry George Edwards.
The family moved to Vanderbilt for a few years, and she attended 1st and
2nd grades in Starke, Florida. They then moved back to Brooker, where
she attended 3rd-9th grades. She attended Bradford High School in
Starke, where she graduated at age 16. She attended Florida State College for Women (now FSU) in Tallahassee for one year.
She met Billy Gard Miller while he was stationed in Florida with the US
Navy. They married in Kingsland Georgia, on December 31, 1948. Their
first child, Kenneth Andrew Miller was born on their 3rd anniversary. They
moved to Salt Lake City, Utah about a year later. Their second child,
Sheila Marie Miller was born there, followed a year later by their third child,
Sharon Jean Miller. They were later divorced.
Marie worked at the telephone company in Jacksonville, Florida, before
they moved to Utah, and then worked for Garrett Freightlines in Salt Lake
City, Utah, for many years as an administrative assistant. She went to
work for Western Airlines in 1968 so she could travel. They later merged
with Delta Airlines, and she traveled to 33 countries over the years. When
asked which was her favorite country she eagerly answered “Fiji”.
She was also an avid golfer, bowler and played pinochle for more than 65
years. She was still playing cards with a group of friends up until shortly
before her death.
She married Robert B Baker in 1968, and again in 1972. They also later
She was preceded in death by her parents, both brothers and most of her
friends. The women on her paternal side of the family all lived well into
their 90s, and she kept that streak alive!
She is survived by her son Kenneth A Miller (Linda) of North Salt Lake City,
Utah, her daughter Sheila M Davis (Todd) of Brigham City, Utah, and her
daughter Sharon H Forster of Lyman, Wyoming. She had 12 grandchildren, 36 Great-grandchildren and 7 Great-great-grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Independence Hospice, especially her nurse Hollie, for their loving care.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 17. 2023, at 2:00 pm at
Memorial Estates Redwood, with a viewing at 1:00 pm. She will then be
buried at Memorial Estates Redwood.