September 24, 1925 ~ July 3, 2019

Born in: Weaverville, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Marian (Gryder) Baker, 93, of Fletcher, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in her residence.
Born in Weaverville, she was the wife of the late J.C. Baker, and the daughter of the late Charles Burrows and Carrie (Gill) Gryder. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lee Smith, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Marian was the oldest surviving member of Hoopers Creek Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and directed Vacation Bible School for 54 years, and also directed the Christmas play. She loved her church family, and she was able to touch the lives of the countless children she loved and ministered to through VBS and Sunday School.
Marian is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Hooper’s Creek Baptist Church with Revs. Phillip Youngblood, Chris Baker, and Sammy Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the old section of the church cemetery. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Hoopers Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 1856, Fletcher, NC 28732.


Visitation: July 7, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hoopers Creek Baptist Church
Hoopers Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

828 684-1279

Funeral Service: July 7, 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hoopers Creek Baptist Church
Hoopers Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

828 684-1279

Burial: July 7, 2019 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Hoopers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Hoopers Creek Road
Fletcher, NC



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  1. Ms. Marian was a faithful child of God and shared her testimony with many people. Anytime the church doors of Hoopers Creek Baptist Church were open Ms. Marian was there unless some circumstance prevented her. She excitingly bragged about God, her family and the church. Always a lady Ms. Marian was always well-groomed, wore proper attire everywhere and her hair had to look it’s best at all times. Although Ms. Marian never taught me in Sunday School l learned from her how a lady should look and act and most importantly how to love and serve God. Truly she fought a good fight and kept the faith even through very difficult times. What a trooper! Heaven is her home now and we’ll see her again some day.

  2. Mrs.Baker was a true woman of God..We have been richly blessed to have her in our lives. Our prayers & condolences to all.

  3. I grew up across the street from the Bakers. Our families were friends for years. Marian loved God, her church family, neighbors. She was such a sweet, warm lady who will be greatly missed. Praise God she is with her Lord and reunited with JC and Sandy.

  4. Marion loved the Lord and it was wonderful to have her for a neighbor. We were blessed to have her teach some of our grandchildren in VBS and Sunday School. She touched their lives as she loved and ministered to them in such a gentle and kind way. She never failed to ask how they were doing whenever I ran into her over the years. I’m thankful that Jesus made a way to see her again, and that she is now in His presence for all eternity rejoicing with Him, JC, and Sandy, and all her loved ones who went on before her.

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