|Birth: ||Jul. 1, 1906|
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 2007|
Merl, born July 1, 1906, was the only child of Albert and Cordie Paschall. Growing up just down the road from Merl was the boy who would become her husband, Buren Baker. Merl and Buren attended Paschall School, a school established on land donated by Albert so Merl would not have to walk a long distance to school. Merl always enjoyed being outdoors and playing with her dog.
When Merl was 16 years of age and Buren was 20 they decided to get married. Merl's parents decided to purchase a piano for her to get her mind off the marriage; however, that did not work. Buren and Merl drove a horse and buggy over into the edge of Tennessee in order to get married--she was too young in Kentucky. They spent their wedding day at an "Old Soldier's Reunion" at Hazel.
They built a two-room house just a short distance from each of their parents. Two children were born in the house: Freda Gay on July 5, 1923 and Milta Malee on October 4, 1925.
Merl carried her laundry down the gravel road to her mother's each week and they washed in a large wash kettle and hung the clothes outside to dry.
Merl's most enjoyable pasttime was quilting and crocheting. She made each of her family members a quilt
when they got married. Her pride and joy was always her vegetable garden, and she enjoyed canning and freezing the fruits of her labors. Even after falling and breaking her hip when she was over 90 years of age, she continued to mow her large lawn with a push mower.
Merl loved going to the fields to work with Buren on the farm; however, in 1958 he died of a heart attack in the tobacco patch. Merl had lots of growing up to do since she had never driven a car, written a check, or taken care of any of their personal business. However, with help from her family members she stayed in her home until the age of 98. She lived in an assisted living home until she was almost 102. Possibly the secret to her longevity was that she went barefoot in the winter and also slept with the window by her bed raised just a bit! Merl had a very gentle, kind disposition, and she is certainly missed by those family members who are left behind.
Albert Sylvester Paschall (1875 - 1959)
Cordie Blanche Sims Paschall (1886 - 1977)
James Buren Baker (1902 - 1958)*
Freda Gay Baker Armstrong (1923 - 2000)*
Milta Malee Baker Burchfield (1925 - 1983)*
South Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: Frances Spillman
Originally Created by: Nia Gray
Record added: Feb 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24888041