Hazel Amelia Miller Baker born on May 21, 1932, – Eternal peace on June 17, 2019.
She was born in Chinook Mont., to William and Hazel Miller. She traveled by train to Salem, Ore., at 14 years old to stay with family; she helped her aunts with cooking, canning, sewing and baking.
In 1949, she married Edward Dewar. They had nine children together: Rick (Becky), Greg (Susan), Pam (Tom), Marla, Jenae (Curtis), Rodney (Tracy), Anne Marie, Melody.
In 1968 she raised her children in Salem. Mom worked hard, and enjoyed family outings. Mom starred in a cooking show – Entertaining Folks with Flaming Flambés,“her specialty.”
In 1971, she and four of her children moved to sunny Livermore, Calif., where she raised her family. She always worked outside our home, but her children were always her first priority; as she might say, “You haven’t worked a full-time job until you’re a Mom.”
1981 – With all her kids out of school and moved away, she worked in Spirit & Cuisine, and did some traveling to visit family. She enjoyed riding her bike, gardening, camping, bowling, and card and dice games. She loved reading, baking, cooking, and holidays. Mom, being extremely impeccable with her apparel and accessories, was a “true beauty” with style.
1991 – She married Charles “Chuck” Baker. Both retired, and they traveled by car, train and plane throughout the whole U.S., loving every adventure and the exciting people they would meet. They shared a cruise with daughter Pam (Tom) and felt the aloha spirit in Hawaii, and were active member of Eagles and Elks Organizations.
2001 - Took up a new hobby, “Storage Wars” (before Storage Wars was cool), working hard but having a blast. Being very active member in the Eagles FOE #609 Women’s Auxiliary, Holding Post an honor and integrity of Madam President 1996-1997, she remained a past madam president of the women’s auxiliary FOE #609 and an Eagle for 38 years and proud of her affiliation.
2011 – Celebrated her 20-year marriage vows. Mom lost her husband Charles “Chuck” Baker to a car accident.
2012 – She traveled with her children, went on vacations to Oregon, Nevada and throughout Calif. Mom loved her dogs and hanging out with her grandchildren who came to visit, she loved all her grands.
2013 – Life became more challenging for her due to Alzheimer’s.
2014 – Continued to live in her home with family caring for her. She loved the sunshine, and enjoyed baking and cooking with her daughters. Barbecue cheeseburger and fries were her favorite.
2015 – Mom moved into Memory Care to help her with her daily-living needs. She liked the activities, music, dances and parties, and always dressed to the nines – she looked beautiful.
2018 – Fearing the long Goodbye with her was prevalent Dec. 10, 2018 – was blessed with Sunrise Hospice.
2019 – Dr. DeLeon, Kendra, Michelle, Doris, Jackie, Nada and the entire team were incredible, caring and kind, and helped us through this difficult heartbreaking time.
June 17, 2019 – After a wonderful life and all of us who loved and cared for her till the end, she closed her eyes and found her peace from this horrible, evil, mind-robbing disease, Alzheimer’s.
Thank you, Mom, for being loving, funny, smart and kind. Forever in our Hearts M.J.
Services Friday, June 28, 2019. Visitation at 12:30 p.m., and Funeral at 1:30 p.m., at Callaghan Mortuary, 3833 East Avenue, Livermore.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Baker family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.