Frances Baker
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Obituary of Frances Rita Baker

Frances Rita Baker 84, passed away peacefully Tuesday April 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on January 27 1934 in Houston, Texas, and married Richard F. Baker on May 16, 1953.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara; father, Joseph Cleboski, brothers, Frank, Raymond, and Johnny Cleboski; sisters, Mary Williford and Anne Goins.

She is survived by her loving husband, Richard F Baker; sons, Richard J. Baker and his wife, Pamela, Gary Baker and his wife, Cindy, Gregg Baker and his wife, Rise; daughter, Barbara Payne and her husband, Edward; grandchildren, Richard J. Jr. and his wife, Quinn, and John Baker and his wife Christin, Jennifer Grimsley and her husband, Jody, Kimberly Hahn and her husband, Thomas, and Arthur Mock and his wife, Rosanna, great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Brooklyn Baker, Colton & Sadie Grimsley, Caleb and Persephone Mock and Tinley Hahn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Rita had been an active member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church since 1971 and served as a Eucharistic Minister at many, many Mass services over the years.

She worked most of her adult life in clerical positions while raising three rambunctious boys and one precious girl.  In later life, she excelled as a legal secretary for many beloved Houston attorneys most notably, Charles Huebner and Ed Gillette.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and family matriarch. She was gracious and caring and everyone she met became friends for life.  She has left us with many fond memories of camping trips across the US and especially Texas. Her chicken and dumplings were out of this world.  Her family wisdom and work ethic set an example that lives on in everyone she touched.

A visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Rd, Houston, Texas on Friday, April 20, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., also at St. Ambrose. A reception will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Heart Association or any other charity of your choice in Rita's name. 

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