Wilda Jean Gardner Baker

Wilda Jean Gardner Baker, 87, of Knoxville, Tennessee, died Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2020, at Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center. Wilda was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church in Knoxville and had attended Lillian United Methodist Church in Lillian, Alabama.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Donald Faris Baker; infant son, Brian Alan Baker; granddaughter, Erin Rae Briggs; son-in-law, Gerry Raymond Briggs; and sister, Ava May (Donald) McClintock.

Wilda is survived by her daughters, Karen Rae Briggs and Diane Kay (Andrew) Vela, both of Knoxville; and Anita Lyn (Kenneth) McAfee of Zionsville; grandchildren, Anna Jean Briggs of Indianapolis, Matthew Donald (Rosa) Vela of Knoxville, Laura Rose (Luke) Dornon of Zeeland, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Levi Andrew Vela, Eleanor Rose Vela, Elizabeth Ruth Vela, Miriam Rose Dornon, Naomi Grace Dornon; brother Clark (Doris) Gardner of Brooks, Kentucky; sister Alice (David) Bentley of Little Mountain, South Carolina; and several extended family members whom she dearly loved.

Burial will be in Indiana at Claysville Cemetery, at 10 a.m., July 11, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Small Cell Ovarian Cancer in honor of Erin Briggs (www.smallcellovarian.org) or to Lillian United Methodist Church 12770 S. Perdido St. Lillian, Alabama, 36549, (www.lillianumc.org).

Click Funeral Home Middlebrook Chapel, Knoxville, and Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home, Orleans, are serving the Baker family.


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