Patricia Baker

Patricia Hudson Baker

Sunday, April 19th, 1953 - Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Patricia Charlene Baker, 66, of Salem, Va, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Patty is remembered for having a heart of gold and was full of life. She loved good music, a good laugh, a house full of primitive decorations, outstanding cuisine, and spending time with her loving family and friends. She was a devoted Christian and Elder in the First Christian Church of Salem. Traveling with her late husband, “Stevie,” was one of her most loved hobbies. She was a true true lover of all animals; however, her cats were always nearest to her heart.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Alexander Hudson; and her loving husband of sixteen years, Stephen Hall Baker.

Left behind to cherish her memory is her mother, Virginia Charlene Hudson; sister, Kathy Lynne Peters (Larry); nephew, Chad David Peters (Angel); niece, Angela Kaye Belcher (Danny); five great nephews; and one great niece. Also left behind are many special friends: Barbara Huffman, Virginia Spruill, Susan Taylor, Cindy Smith, and Sara Bell along with her abundant church family.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem. A memorial service will then begin at 11 a.m. Committal rites will be held immediately following the service at Sherwood Memorial Park. Rev. Dan Netting will be officiating.

Special thanks to the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice and especially to Venessa and Alice as well as the staff of Helpful Hands Home Care Services for all their support and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, please make charitable contributions in her name to the First Christian Church of Salem (Youth Ministries), 712 Front Avenue in Salem, Va. 24153 (540-389-6831). Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 11:00am
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dan Netting
  • Interment

    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Elizabeth Magruder

Posted at 02:05pm
I also wanted to share a photo (I have many) of Patty in our early years. This one is dearest to me. We were member of the same church in Springfield, Virginia and had this church photo taken together in 1983.

Elizabeth Magruder

Posted at 01:33pm
Kathy, Larry, Ginny and family, I am so sorry to hear of Patty's passing and may God help you get through your grief of her loss. You know how much I loved her. She was my very best friend when I first moved to northern Virginia in 1982 and although we didn't see each other or communicate often after I moved to Raleigh, NC in 1993, we caught up in no time when we talked to each other. We were inseparable in northern Virginia. I tried to stay in touch with her but was able to keep up with her better when she moved to "my" hometown of Salem, VA. She and Steve found the most beautiful home with magnificent views, but that couldn't hold a candle to the love in Patty's heart for everyone who came in contact with her during her life. Patty and I had a special bond and we never lost touch, but I regret all the years we were separated from each other. I loved her like a sister. She meant everything to me. A part of my soul is gone knowing she is no longer where I can hug her or talk to her. I hadn't heard from her in a few months and I got a text message from her at 6:00 am on Saturday, June 29 telling me she needed to speak with me that day. I texted her back and told her I was on my way to Salem. I don't know how I knew but I knew her time was short and I needed to see her. It was God's intervention that I go to Salem that day. I was able to visit with her for several hours and I am so grateful I was able to see her while she was still in good spirits. We talked about our "old" days in northern Virginia and the experiences we had together both working and personal remembering and laughing about the good times. She will forever be part of me and my life is better having known and loved her.

Elizabeth Wilson Magruder

Michele Shannon

Posted at 08:05am
Patty will be deeply missed. We have been neighbors and friends for 13 years. She has watched out kids grow up! Patty was incredibly kind and always there to help out. We are thinking of her family and friends during this difficult time. Both she and Steve were lost too soon. Much Love, The Shannons

Tammy Francisco Simmons

Posted at 06:56am
Mrs. Hudson, Kathy, and family,
I’m so sad to hear of Patty’s passing. I have such fond memories of being at the Hudson home and how patient and kind Patty always was with us younger girls growing up.
Please know how special you all are to me. May God’s love and grace be with you through this time.
Much love,
Tammy Francisco Simmons

Diana StClair

Posted at 03:59pm
I only knew you for a moment in time and was blessed by your kindness to all around you. You are Heaven's treasure as you heal and go forward with Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
Diana St Clair

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