Obituaries & Tributes

Gladys Sherry Baker

Gladys Sherry Baker, 90, of Elkton, Ore., passed away April 29, 2020.  

She was born on July 28, 1929, in Elkton to parents Sharon and Mary May (Morris) Colley.  

Sherry graduated from high school and married Warren Estes Baker on Aug. 2, 1949. 

Sherry was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved her family very much. Family dinners and entertaining were always one of her favorite activities. When her children were grown, she began caring for the children of Elkton, whom she loved as her own family. 

Sherry had an infectious smile and a positive outlook. She had a zest for life that was evident in her hardy laugh and spontaneous songs. If you were lucky, you may have even gotten to dance with her in a moment of joy. 

Sherry served as a longtime member of the Rebekahs, a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She founded an annual pie auction for the benefit of the Elkton Community Education Center that allowed her to share her famous blackberry pies with everyone. 

In addition to baking, she was a talented seamstress, artist and crafter. Sherry was also an avid flower gardener, who could grow nearly anything, including a plethora of blackberry vines. 

Sherry is survived by her son R. Whitney Baker and his wife Shirley (Chewelah, Wash.); daughter Debora E. Schalla and husband Roy (Coos Bay); son David M. Baker and wife Vickie Lenton (Sultan, Wash.); seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Warren E. Baker and Theodore Colley.  

A private graveside service was held at Elkton Cemetery. Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. 



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