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Jacksonville Journal Courier

Bertha L. Gunnels Baker, 100, of Jacksonville, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 8, 1999, at the Jacksonville Convalescent Center.

She was born Jan. 1, 1899, in Alexander, the daughter of Washington D. and Minnie Large Gunnels. She married Henry Baker on Feb. 23, 1916, in Jacksonville, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 1976.

She is survived by one son, John H. (wife, Emma) of Murrayville; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy (husband, George R.) Summers of Milton, Mrs. Frances (husband, Paul) Sheehan of Woodson; Pauline M. Willner of Jacksonville; 30 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and one half sister, Mrs. Hester (husband, Vernie) Sutton of Girard. She was preceded in death by three children, Lawrence, Harold Edwin and Opal Marie; one half brother, Joseph A. White (surviving wife, Martha A.) of California; and two half sisters, Mary Elizabeth Rust and Julia Sponsky.

Mrs. Baker was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 279 and the Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Williamson Funeral Home with burial at Union Baptist Cemetery in Pisgah. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Monday with the family meeting friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Women's Crisis Center, or Union Baptist Cemetery.

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