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October 16, 1929 - December 18, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Betty J. Wells Baker passed peacefully after a long bout with dementia. Betty was born to Mary Delphia Russell Wells & Victor Wells in Ardmore. She attended Dickson Schools and graduated as Valedictorian at 16. She was also a starter on the girls' basketball team. She married William L. `Bill' Baker, Jr., on Dec. 31, 1950, and they made their home in OKC. She worked as an Executive Secretary for Stanlin Oil Co. in downtown OKC until the birth of her first child. Betty was a full-time mother to 4 children, only again working outside the home as an office manager to an optician after her children were raised, and for a short stint at her son's dental office. Betty was a great cook, loved entertaining family and friends in her home, and always sent you home with extra treats. She was a member of the Church of Christ since her teen years. Possessing a lovely singing voice, she continued her passion for music as long as she lived. Betty is survived by her brother, Col. Ullie C. Wells (Ret.) & Elizabeth of Tucson, AZ; sister, Carol J. Kennedy & Charley of Amarillo, TX; sister, Lorene Wells & friend Eleanor Swan of Denton, TX; and brother, Victor C. Wells of Dallas, TX; daughter, Deborah A. Sellers & Mark, Drumright; son, W. Martin Baker, OKC; son, Larry S. Baker, DDS, Edmond; and son, T. Alan Baker of OKC. Betty was the proud grandmother of Autumn Caldwell & Matthew, Sarah Mayle and Corey, Matthew Sellers & Christina, and Ryan Baker. Her great-grandchildren are Jude Sellers, Zac Caldwell, John Mayle, Anya McGehee, Shelby Caldwell, Tyrus Sellers, Grant Mayle, and Myra Sellers. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of more than 38 years, Bill; brother, Clyde Perryman; and brother, J.V. Wells & Alta. Former sister-in-law, Pat Wells, passed the following week. A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of Christ, 1301 N. Drexel Blvd., OKC 73107 on Jan. 21, 2013, at 2pm. Interment will follow. Memorial donations may be made to the church. The family issues a special thanks to Betty's thoughtfully caring roommate, Mrs. Lessie Ingle, and her wonderful caregivers over the past few years: The staff of the Windsor Hills Nursing Center, Centennial Hospice, Integris Hospice, Pam Chadwell, PA, Waddah Nassar, MD, and Erin Glasgow, MD.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2013
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