Hanna C. Baker

Hanna C. Baker

June 24, 1947 - October 19, 2013

Hanna C. Baker

June 24, 1947 - October 19, 2013


Hanna C. Baker, 66, died suddenly in her home on October 19, 2013. Hanna recently retired as a Special Education Instructor at Melinda Heights Elementary after 26 years of giving hope and love to children challenged by the traditional education system. Hanna grew up in Lafayette Louisiana with her two brothers. She loved to go fishing and frogging with her Dad and sewed for her mother, making many of her dresses. Hanna was a warm and caring person who put others before her own needs. While living in Tampa Florida she spent 6 weeks caring for her father at the Veterans hospital in New Orleans in his final weeks. She was The Vice president of the Rock Springs Chapter of the YWCA. Her life was a shining example to those with physical challenges as she led an active and adventurous life with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over fifty years. Hanna was first and foremost a loving and giving mother, grandmother and wife. She worked from the age of 16. Beginning with her job at Girard park public swimming pool where she met and fell in love with her husband Bill. During her life she was a secretary to the Maryland State Fire Marshall and the legal secretary to Congressman Sam Gibbons of Tampa Florida and the Assistant Personnel Director at the hospital in Rock Springs Wyoming. She found her final career choice while volunteering as a tutor for her daughter’s elementary school (St. Catherine’s). Hanna was an avid camper and was always looking forward to the next adventure. She took her daughter camping in the Smoky Mountains when Cara was only 4 months old and this summer she took both Grand Children Christian and Savannah camping to Big Sur California. Between those two events she rarely slowed down. When faced with decisions in her life she always opted for the active, adventuresome, fun, joyous and full of life options.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years of marriage, Bill. Her Daughter, Cara Hopkins, Son-in-law Jeff and Two beautiful Grand Children Christian and Savannah. Also surviving her, are her Brothers Tom Cormier and family of Seattle, Washington and Adam Cormier and family of Dayton Ohio. Additionally she is survived by nine nieces and nephews and over fifteen Grand nephews and Grand nieces.

A memorial service will be conducted on October 27th at 10am at the O’Connor Mortuary at 25301 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. In lieu of flowers her family asks that everyone make a donation of either the Arthritis foundation or the Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc., 610 Garland Ave., Opelousas, LA 70570.

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8 responses to Hanna C. Baker

  1. Bill Bishop says:

    To all those who were loved by Hanna. I knew Hanna at a distance for many years. However, when I had the opportunity to see her, it was always such a pleasure. Her
    strength in all of her adversity was amazing to watch. It was even greater to watch the strength that was created by Bill and Hanna together. Their love was unique and wonderful. Bill and Karen’s Brother, Bobby, was my great friend, and it was because of him that Hanna came into my life. It was always such a pleasure to receive one of Hanna’s special hand written notes or cards. Her thoughts were always so positive and uplifting. The beauty of the writing itself was hard to believe when I knew what she had gone through to make her hands create that artful art form. I will miss those pieces from my mail.

    It was not possible for me to be there yesterday, but you know that my spirit was there. And I will remember Hanna, with great love, as I know all of you will, too. Hanna is a reason to remember to always be thankful and grateful. I am thankful and grateful that Hanna and I crossed paths.


    Bill Bishop

  2. Hanna was my guiding light. I loved her and will miss her and miss our conversations, My sister was a beautiful person and a highly-regarded teacher.

    Hanna, may you rest in peace, my dear sister. Sleep well, now free of pain and worldly daily challenges. You are now in Heaven with Mom and Dad

    Your Loving Brother,

  3. Kelly Crean says:

    My mom and I loved your mom! Such a pillar of strength! I’ll never forget when our moms used to get together while we were in highschool sharing their thoughts and concerns over our teenage behavior:) i remember they both found comfort and help in each other’s advice on how to deal with us crazy girls 🙂 She will be missed by both me and my mom dearly, we have nothing but the fondest of memories 🙂

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