Gladys Sue Baker was born on April 23, 1955, in Kansas City, Kansas through the union of Norman Eugene and Lucille Louise (Anderson) Hall. Gladys went to Paseo High School where she was a majorette. She furthered her education as a nurse. She was employed at Providence Medical Center for several years as a surgical nurse. She worked at AT&T. Gladys later retired as a nurse at KU Medical Center to raise her niece. Gladys joined her husband Tommie Lee Baker in holy matrimony in October 1972 and to this union, Tommie Lee Baker Jr. was born. This beautiful marriage lasted 50 years. Gladys grew up in Antioch Baptist Church. She was a Community Missionary Baptist Church member for several years and later joined Forest Grove Baptist Church. Gladys was very fashionable and had beautiful long hair. She loved to go shopping. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to his hometowns. She enjoyed going fishing with her family. Gladys had a passion for capturing the moment at every function, whether it was on a Polaroid or camcorder in which she had several pictures and videos of family. She loved her family and hosted or attended several family picnics and holiday functions. She loved her reality tv. She enjoyed her connections on Facebook and her remarks and social presence will be missed by many friends and family. She loved her dog Biscuit, who will be affectionately missed. Her family will treasure the memories of her beautiful heart and how she spoke her mind. Gladys transitioned from this earthly realm, on the Saturday morning of April 8, 2023, in Kansas City, Kansas. Gladys was preceded in death by her only son Tommie Lee Baker Jr.; parents, Norman and Lucille Hall; sisters, Sheila Graves, and Diane Patrick; niece, Trashonda Hall; cousins, Timothy Scott, Isaac Scott, Mary Scott, Houvener Anderson, Trina Lewis, and Brenetta & Bernadette Lewis. Gladys received her loving husband Tommie in heaven five days after her passing. Gladys leaves to sustain and cherish her memory, her granddaughters, Tamisha Baker and Tiaria Union; grandson, Traevon Baker; brother, Walter Hall Sr.; nieces, Shonetta Hall, Kendra Hall and Cynara Russell; nephew Walter Hall Jr.; great-grandchildren, Mi’cah Union, Miric Spencer, Antwuan Taylor Jr and Mi’Lee Tommie Union; great-nephew, Kenneth Wayne Fennix (“grandson”); her loving Baker family; and a host of great-nephews & nieces, cousins and friends.
Tommie Lee Baker, Sr. was born on February 29, 1952 in Texarkana, TX to the union of Ollie Baker and Gladys . Tommie grew up in Kansas City, Missouri after his mother’s passing. He and his siblings were raised by his oldest sister Leona Smith. Tommie attended high school in Kansas City, Missouri. Tommie married Gladys Sue Hall in October 1972 and to this union Tommie Lee Baker Jr. was born. Their beautiful marriage lasted 50 years and they were inseparable. Tommie worked for the Kansas City Kansas Public Housing Authority as a maintenance worker since he was 18 years old and retired in 2014. He also did maintenance at the Kansas City, Missouri Call Paper under Lucile Buford. Tommie loved to go fishing, listening to music, food, and playing dominoes. He loved sports and cooking. He loved his family and going to family reunions. He was a favorite uncle or father figure to many. His laugh was infectious. Tommie was surrounded by his loving family as he transitioned into eternity on Thursday April 13, 2023. Tommie was preceded in death by his loving wife Gladys Baker; parents, Ollie and Gladys Baker and Dean Baker; son, Tommie Baker Jr.; sister Leona Baker; brothers, Lonnie Baker, James Baker, Herman Baker, Robert Miles, Charles Baker and Michael Baker. Tommie leaves to sustain and cherish his memory his granddaughters, Tamisha Baker and Tiaria Union; grandson, Traevon Baker; brothers, Joe Baker (Diana), Kerry Baker (Angela), Christopher Baker and John Baker; sisters, Alice Baker Johnson, Sandra Miles, Jerry Baker Curry (Robert) and Barbara Bradley; great-grandchildren, Mi’cah Union, Miric Spencer and Antwuan Taylor Jr and Mi’Lee Tommie Union; special niece Shonetta Hall, host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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