Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Sword Baker passed away peacefully on July 4, 2017, at her daughter's home in Richmond. Mrs. Baker was the widow of George Tye Baker, her beloved husband of 65 years.
Mrs. Baker was born on December 7, 1923, in Hazard, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester Bernard and Emma Walker Sword, Hazard, and her grandparents, Madison and Joanna Combs Walker, Hazard, and Rodolphus and Diana Day Sword of Pikeville.
A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Baker is survived by her daughters, Georgeanne Baker Mullins and her husband Bobby E. Mullins of Bristol, Tennessee, and Susan Baker Martin of Richmond. Mrs. Baker is survived, as well, by her granddaughter, Amelia Martin Adams and her husband William H. Adams II of Lexington, Kentucky.
An alumna of Hazard High School and Union College, Mrs. Baker was a skilled and devoted business woman. The Bakers operated Hazard Express, Inc., and Baker Furniture Company, Inc., in Hazard. After relocating in Central Kentucky in the 1970s, the Bakers owned the Glyndon Hotel Properties in Richmond and Mrs. Baker pursued her expertise in antiques and memorabilia at her shop, The Village Peddler on Main Street. Mr. and Mrs. Baker were the principal investors in Baker Properties, developing interests in Eastern and Central Kentucky and South Carolina real estate. In their later years, the Bakers travelled extensively, with a particular love for the British Isles.
A dedicated Christian from age 7, Mrs. Baker was baptized at Petrey Memorial Baptist Church, Walkertown, Kentucky. As a member of the First Baptist Church, Hazard, Mrs. Baker served as Sunday School teacher for young women as well as the President of the Women's Missionary Union.
As a life-long active member of the Kentucky Democrat Party, Mrs. Baker served as a member of the Kentucky Delegation to the 1968 Chicago Democrat Party Convention and was president of the Perry County Democrat Women's Club for several years.
She is also survived by: Ross Walker Blondell, Louisville; Mr. and Mrs. Marlin L. Marcum, Daytona, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sword and Mrs. Charles B. Sword of Richmond, Kentucky. Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by family members, Mr. and Mrs. De Wight F. Sims, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mr. Charles B. Sword of Richmond.
The family will receive mourners at 2 p.m. on Friday with Memorial Services to follow at 3 p.m. at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, 328 W. Main Street, Richmond, Kentucky. Private interment services will be held at the family gravesite, Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Kentucky on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Honorary Pallbearers are Morris Briggs Floyd, Paul Douglas Sword, John Charles Sword, Ross Walker Blondell, Gerald Len Delaware, Joseph Howard and Taylor Morgan.
The Family suggests contributions to Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky in memory of Mrs. George Tye Baker, grandmother of Amelia Martin Adams, Class of 2006.
The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 5, 2017