|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1926|
|Death: ||Jul. 26, 2008|
Antelope Valley Press
Obituary notices and memorials
These ads appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
BAKER, Verna Mader Nebraska, 1945, as eighteen pairs of eyes in a one room school house, pupils aged 7 to 17, watched Miss Mader as she began her illustrious career in education which was to span five decades, as many continents and graduate degrees. A loyal alumnus of Kearny State University in Nebraska, Verna taught all over the world before settling in Lancaster where she became Dr. Grandma in 1995, retired after 30 years at QHHS, supervised 107 student teachers for two universities, and was a Charter member and Past President of the lota Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international organization of Women Educators. Empowering students, teachers, and her grandchildren to achieve to the best of their ability, was her passion. Known for her assertive, imaginative wit, Verna is credited for continually teaching little life lessons with tremendous impact. For Verna, every experience was an opportunity for "a great story". She was the consummate educator: "She taught me to read!" reports granddaughter Kristi, age 11. "Grandma insisted I learn to type on her old typewriter before she would let me work on her computer" shares Olivia Dobbins of Lancaster. "She was so caring that way, as these skills have been a wonderful asset to me in all of my jobs!" "She was always there for all of us and wanted us to get the most out of life!" asserts granddaughter Presley, age 16. Dr. Grandma was famous for her instructional tea parties, baking days, and family dinner etiquette. She loved having fun, with little room for silliness. Long walks, going for donuts, ordering pizza, playing baseball, and helping the neighbors
recycle, all involved many life skill lessons. "Incredibly helpful, giving, thoughtful, yet practical, she really cared about us, made us feel so special, and taught us so much about being responsible!" shares Vernas adult grandchildren. Grandson Brett Baker, age 13, laughs and says "Grandma was funny!"
Born second of three daughters to Freeda (Florke) and Henry K. Mader, on Oct. 6, 1926, near Grand Island, Nebraska, Verna will be missed by her sister Dena Giboney, brother-in-law Chuck, of Whittier, and their two sons. Blair and his children Brian Giboney and Amy Curtis of Orange County, Amys husband Matt great-great nephew Ryken. Vance and Jill Giboney of Sheldon, Wash., their daughters Jenny and Lindsay. Verna is welcomed into Heaven by her late husband Richard F. Baker and younger sister Donna Mader. Baker is survived by two sons: Brian Baker of Lancaster and Vernas primary caregiver for the past four years, and Biff Baker, his wife Laura, and their children Presley, Brett, and Kristi, of Antelope Acres. "Family is such a special gift!" attest David and Sharon Christensen, their three children, (Vernas grandchildren) their spouses and children (great-grandchildren). "Shes the most wonderful caring person ever! She took us all in!" states grandson, Zach Christensen. Vernas oldest granddaughter recalls the lessons and stories behind every artifact and special family trips. Katie lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Army Platoon Sgt. Cory Blackwell, providentially here on leave midst his third tour in Iraq, and their three children. "She lived a rich full life, imaginative, with a great sense of humor to the very end!" adds son Brian Baker. Vernas revered sister Dena exclaims "I am very proud of my little sister, the life she lived! She worked extra hard, tried so hard in everything she did! Her extrordinary life touched many people!"
Vernas "going home" celebration will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 1, 2008, at the Westside Community Church, 47707 N. 90th Street West in Antelope Acres. Verna loved and cared for so many, her friends and Church family, and she had a passion for missions. Her accomplishments inspire us all.
VERNA D BAKER 06 Oct 1926 26 Jul 2008 (V) 93534 (Lancaster, Los Angeles, CA) 93534 (Lancaster, Los Angeles, CA) Nebraska
Created by: Tami Kelley
Record added: Jul 30, 2008
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