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Ada Alice BAKER

West Fork (West Fork) Cemetery
Washington County,

US Army
April 24, 1936 - November 4, 2002

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas
Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Duane Baker, 65, of West Fork, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at Washington Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 24, 1937, in Prairie Grove, the son of F.C. Ted and Alice Rieff Baker.

He was owner of Bakers Drilling Co. and West Fork Auto Parts. He was a Baptist and served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Ada Archer Baker; a son, Cleet Baker of Fayetteville; two daughters, Tonja Baker Carter and husband Neal of Fayetteville and DeeVonna Baker Osnes of West Fork; a brother, Doyle Baker of West Fork; five grandchildren, Adam Carter, Noah Carter, Shanabrey Osnes, Austin Osnes and Reese Bragg; many friends and loved ones.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at West Fork First Baptist Church with the Rev. Peter Marshall and the Rev. Ted Doke officiating.

Burial will be in West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Moore's Chapel in Fayetteville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moore's.

Memorials may be made to the West Fork First Baptist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 1000, West Fork, 77774.

June 12, 1938 - January 19, 2020

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Thursday, January 23, 2020

FAYETTEVILLE — Ada Alice (Archer) Baker, age 81, entered the gates of Heaven on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Her family rejoices and celebrates her life and home going. She was born June 12, 1938, in Omaha, Neb., to Marjorie (Hester) Meacham and Leroy Archer.

She was the widow of Duane Baker, who preceded her in death in November 2002. They married June 2, 1960, and shared 42 years together. She is also preceded in death by sisters Martha, Lavona, Juanita, Florence and Oleta and brothers Glen, Loyd and Dale.

Ada was a full-time and involved mother to three children and cherished "Nana" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was her husband's partner in all their business endeavors including Baker Water Well and Natural Gas Drilling Company, Baker's Dairy Diner, White's General Store, West Fork Gas Station, West Fork Auto Parts and Carter Tire and Auto. They also raised cattle and turkey on the family farm in Woolsey. They invested in several rental properties and she managed those as well.

Aside from being a mom and running our household, she was secretary, tax preparer, errand girl, bill payer and chauffeur for our father to many work sites in rural areas. She packed daily lunches and always a large thermos of coffee for Duane over the years with a home cooked meal on the table each night. Ada was saved and baptized as a Christian in the West Fork Baptist Church as an adult and enjoyed her church family. Her passion for gardening and vegetable growing showed all around her flower filled yard.

Ada was an Elvis Presley fan, loved country music and supported and cheered for the Razorbacks every season. She enjoyed the greyhound races, sewing, canning and many pets over the years. She loved attending estate auctions, frequenting flea markets and antique shops. She had an eye for collecting beautiful things and loved decorating her home.

Ada and Duane loved to travel and visited many places including Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Elvis mansion in Memphis and Pearl Harbor. Each summer she planned a trip for the entire family to Branson. She took the family to Disney World, Six Flags, Silver Dollar City, Worlds of Fun and Magic Springs.

Ada was generous and compassionate especially to those in need and always stood up for the underdog. She was soft spoken, graceful, kind, giving and loved her family.

After moving to Fayetteville in her later years, she grew very fond of "her" ducks and geese that lived in the large pond in the neighborhood behind her home. She fed them and watched their babies grow and leave each season. She always looked for them with a "head count" every day right up until her last days.

She is survived by her three children, Tonja Carter and husband Neal of Fayetteville, DeeVonna Osnes of West Fork and Cleet Baker of West Fork; sisters Beth McNair and Joyce Griggs; grandchildren Adam Carter, Noah Carter, Shambrey Walker, Austin Osnes and Reese Bragg; and great-grandchildren Ellie Carter, Elissa Carter, Axel Carter, Arlynd Walker and Lothian Walker.

The love, prayers and thoughts you have wrapped around our family has given us strength and comfort. We cannot begin to express our sincere appreciation for each of you.

A private family graveside service in Ada's honor will be held and she will be laid to rest next to our father in West Fork Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at or the Dementia Society of America at

Correspondence cards may be sent to Tonja Carter, c/o Ada Baker, P.O. Box 9300, Fayetteville, Ark., 72703.

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Contributed on 4/16/20 by wfields55
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Submitted: 4/16/20 • Approved: 4/24/20 • Last Updated: 4/27/20 • R1310273-G1310272-S3

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