Audrey Carter Baker
March 10 1936 – November 21, 2022
Full Funeral Service – Buffering Removed
Audrey Beatrice Carter was born March 10, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Audrey was an only child, just as her mother Vara Mason (deceased) and her grandmother Clara Sharpe (deceased).
Audrey and Vara would often travel from Philadelphia to Savannah, GA to visit Clara. Upon Vara’s passing at a very young age, Audrey moved to Savannah, GA to live with Clara. Audrey was a graduate of Alfred E. Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia. It was there she met her future husband and father of her children, Alonzo W. Baker, Sr. They were married on June 17, 1955. Alonzo’s service in the Korean War resulted in the family moving to California. They initially lived in San Francisco, then on to East Palo Alto, and finally settled in Milpitas, CA. Together they raised five children.
Audrey C. Baker was employed by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD). Over the years, Audrey excelled in many roles and ascended quickly up the ladder, and became a Manager. While caring this load at EDD, Audrey was very active in her children’s activities, education, and the Milpitas community. In 1994, her children, long gone from the nest, and after 53 years of employment, Audrey happily retired. Audrey was recognized for her 30+ years of commitment to Milpitas. March 12, 1994 was designated “Audrey C. Baker Day” by Pete McHugh, Mayor of Milpitas.
After her retirement, she was very active in her community activities, volunteering, and mentoring. Audrey loved the Lord and was very active in her church family as a member of Parks Chapel AME in San Fernando, CA. Parks Chapel AME recognized Audrey as “Woman of the Year, Hall of Fame “, July 21, 2009. She was church treasurer and a member of the choir for many years. She was designated on “AME Life Member” of the Women’s Missionary Society.
Audrey had many hobbies and enjoyed music, dancing, cooking, traveling, shopping, reading, and entertaining her family and friends. She loved gardening, and home improvement projects and challenged herself daily with crossword puzzles. Audrey and her”church crew” enjoyed driving to various casinos, wineries, and interesting places in California. she really enjoyed her trip to Ireland to visit her son, Alonzo Jr, and her many trips to the Caribbean.
She went to her heavenly home to be with the Lord and departed this life on November 21, 2022, at the age of 86. Preceding her in death were her brother-in-laws, Wallace and Arthur Baker, and former husbands, Aubrey Mumford and Alonzo W. Baker S.r
Audrey is survived by her five children, Deborah E. Lewis, Anthony L. Baker, Alonzo W. Baker Jr., Deidra E. Baker, and Denise E. Baker-Watts. There are eleven grandchildren, Terrance A. Baker, Jason Lewis, Brandy C. Maynard, Amber L. Gloman, Kevin Lewis, Brenda Bel, Derek A. Lewis, Jeremy C. Magee, Jonathan A. Wals, Edward M. Ulmer, and Elizabeth K. Ulmer. Lastly, she has nine great-grandchildren including Jacob Glomah, Mya Lewis, Kamron Lewis, Mason Lewis, Ashley Baker, Corrine Bermudez, Brandon Parker, Braylen Bel, and Brian Parker. She leaves behind a vast array of friends.
Audrey will be remembered by her family and friends and will live in our hearts forever. May she rest in peace.