Venitta Faye (Warren) Baker


Surrounded by her loving family, Venitta Faye (Warren) Baker peacefully passed away on July 31, 2019 at the age of 97 just short of her 98th birthday. She had entered this life on September 7, 1921 in Martha Oklahoma as the firstborn-and-only daughter of Martha Loree (McMinn) and Clyde Irvin Warren. As a youngster, she grew up on Oklahoma farms in Martha and Crescent (Near one room Rose Hill school) before her family moved to a farm on west Main Street in Norman so that Venitta could attend a high school. She graduated from the original Norman High School on Ponca Avenue in 1940.
In Norman, Venitta met a handsome young man named George Ellis Baker who delivered milk from his family's Mistletoe Dairy located on the NW corner of Main Street and Berry Road. They married on April 6, 1941. In the fall of 1949, they bought a house on W. Mosier near the corner of Flood Street where they reared a family of four children, attended Trinity Baptist Church, and shared nearly 71 years of companionship before Ellis passed away in February of 2012 just short of his 91st birthday.
Having weathered the challenges of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and WWII in her youth, Venitta matured into a woman of great determination and resolve. In stature, she stood just slightly above five feet, but in character, she was a giant. Venitta had the courage to take hardships in stride and the grit to remain stoic in the face of tragedy. Her no-nonsense yet compassionate approach to bringing up children earned her a lifetime of love and respect. Under her care, children flourished and so did her house plants. She was an avid gardener and a longtime member of the Norman Garden Club. She had a passion for all sports and was a fierce fan of OU football. Feisty and fun-loving, she enjoyed square dancing, music, and the boisterous competition of family games. In quiet moments, she relaxed with puzzles and mystery novels.
Industrious and practical, Venitta added to the family income with jobs beyond the home. In the 1940s she worked at Woolworth in downtown Norman. In the 1950s and 1960s she was a clerk for Self Serve Drug. In the 1970s she arranged flowers for two local florists before she returned to retail work as a clerk and bookkeeper at Hyde Drug, positions she retained until she retired in 1986.
Venitta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her younger brothers Van B and Wayne Warren, and her grandson Daniel Allan Baker.
Treasuring the legacy of Venitta's solid values and remembering her fondly are her children: Jimmy Clyde Baker & wife Cindy Gay, Curtis Dale Baker & wife Toni, all of Norman; Lynda Kay Baker Williams & husband Scott of Choctaw, OK, and Dennis Keith Baker & wife Sally of Livermore, CA. Venitta is also loved and missed by 10 grandchildren: Amy Lynn Baker-Watt of Norman; Desha Ann Baker Lang & husband Jon of Thornton, CO; Leigh Challis Baker Loder & husband Blaine of Lakewood, CO; Joey Baker Donnelly of Norman; Michael Scarlett & wife Devin of Yukon; Robert Edward Baker, Logan Dale Baker, Taylor Carmel Baker all of Norman; Anna Duggan Baker of Livermore, CA; Madalyn Duggan Baker of New York City, NY; and 3 great-grandchildren: Gryphon Patrick Baker Watt & Phoenix Jaymes Baker Watt, both of Norman, and Wyatt Gray Loder of Lakewood, CO.
A graveside service for friends and family will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 10 in the NE section of I.O.O.F Cemetery on north Porter Avenue in Norman.
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Janet (Warren) Swett
Aug 08, 2019
Dear Jimmy, Dale, Linda Kay and Butch (and families),

I am sorry for your loss but am happy to celebrate Aunt Venitta Faye's wonderful long life. This is such a beautiful story of who she was and everyone's life she influenced. I remember her sweet voice and loved going to your home on Mosier and eating watermelon! I love this picture of her and will always have wonderful memories of her and Uncle Ellis. Love, Janet
Beverly Imogene (Ezzell) Sanders
Aug 07, 2019
Please accept my condolences on the loss of a beautiful person. Venitta Faye and my sister Mary Charlotte (Ezzell) Warner were good friends for many years and graduated from Norman High School together. Their friendship continued after they were both married and had families. My family, including Mary Charlotte and Leroy took private square dance lessons in about 1952, and I am pretty sure that Venitta Faye and Ellis joined us in the class. I see from the obituary that they must have continued their dancing throughout their lives.
Although I was the youngest of our 6 siblings and never really knew Venitta Faye well mysellfI undrstand what a dear person she was.
Wishing you blessings a
...nd comofort.
Beverly Imogene Sanders
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