Barbara Jean Baker, 65, of Hillcrest Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born Sunday, Feb. 27, 1944, in Boyle County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Mack and Sara Margaret Robinson Shearer. Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church. She was very artistic and enjoyed reading, making crafts and bead necklaces, collecting Boyd's Bears and listening to gospel music, particularly the Gaithers. Barbara was a retired employee of American Greetings. She was the valedictorian of her 1962 Class at Danville High School.
Survivors include her husband, whom she wed on Nov. 15, 1966, James "Jim" Thomas Baker II of Danville; a son, James "Jimmy" Thomas Baker III of Danville; three daughters, Rebecca "Becky" Anne Wood, Barbara "Barbie" Jeanne (Christopher) Cooley, and Stephanie Michelle (Michael) Ridge, all of Danville; a mother-in-law, Hazel Gertrude Baker of Danville; two brothers, Tony Ray (Purnie) Shearer of Lincoln County and Walter Mack (Sue) Shearer Jr. of Mackville; a sister, Sara "Penny" Margaret (David) McCarty of Campbellsville; nine grandchildren, Abby, Ashaley, T.J., Sam, Kristofer, Savannah, Ty, Sara, and Jasmine; and two uncles, Billy and Joe Robinson.