Esther J. Baker

February 06, 1933 ‒ March 05, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Esther J. Baker, age 87, peacefully passed away March 5, 2020 at UH Samaritan in Ashland.

She was born February 6, 1933 in Mansfield to parents Emit & Goldie Mae (Hite) Adams and graduated valedictorian from Union High School. A handsome young man named Mervin Baker caught her eye and the pair married on June 15, 1951. They shared 60 wonderful years of marriage until Mervin passed away in 2012. They are now together again.

In 1953 Esther & her husband established Baker’s Collision Repair, and they spent the next 40 years turning it into Mansfield’s premier automobile repair and body shop. Esther and Mervin enjoyed foreign travel – sampling a variety of world cultures – and for 15 years traveled to Alaska.

A lifelong area resident, Esther was a member of Olivesburg United Methodist Church.  She was active in Church Women United and was a lifetime auxiliary member of Gideon’s International.

She is survived by her daughter DeLee Powell of Mansfield; sons and daughters-in-law Larry & Valerie Baker of Lexington, SC, and Marvin & Judy Baker of Medina; grandchildren Kim Powell, Charlie & Jeni Powell, Chris & Allyson Powell, Stephen & July Baker, Matthew Baker, Abby Baker, Hannah Baker, Alex Baker and Grace Baker; great-grandchildren Dustin Powell, James Powell, Don Powell, Dalton Powell, John Powell-Fort, Gage Powell, Dane Powell, Ellie Powell & Addyson Powell; sister Donna T. Adams Brady and her husband  Kenneth of Galloway; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and loving husband Mervin, she was preceded in death by infant daughter Ann Baker, granddaughter Rebecca Baker, grandson Russell Powell, Jr., son-in-law Russell Powell, siblings Goldie Mae Adams Caley Guthrie, George Calvin Adams, and Julia Elizabeth Adams Ritchey; step brother David Porter.

Her family will receive friends 4-7pm Friday, March 13, 2020 in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring her life will be held 10am Saturday at Olivesburg United Methodist Church (4748 State Route 545, Ashland, OH 44805). The service will be officiated by Pastor Johnnie F. Swann and burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery nearby.

Her family prefers donations in place of flowers.  Memorial contributions to Olivesburg United Methodist Church or Gideon’s International may be brought or sent to the funeral home.

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  • I will remember Aunt Esther best for how she loved people. Always quick with a hug, a smile, and a laugh. So loved her laugh! Family gatherings with her and Uncle Mervin as well as my cousins always meant great food and a fun time. I will miss her and look forward to seeing her again sometime with all the other family who are waiting for us with Jesus. Oh the stories we will share and the games we will laugh through!

  • Esther was one of the sweetest, kindest, nicest and gentlest people I have ever known. She had a deep faith and lived it every day of her life. I never heard her say a bad or unkind word about anyone. She completely loved my uncle Mervin and took to the Baker clan with as much passion as she had for her Adams family. We are a die hard family of Scrabble players as you saw in several of the pictures in her video and she and my aunt Cleo were super competitive and both hated to lose a game. It was always fun to watch them play. She had many grandchildren and great grandchildren which gave her life special meaning and I know all of them have a special place in their heart and memories for their wonderful grandmother.

    I want to thank her for all her love and kindnesses she showed to me and our family over the years. I know she is at peace and reunited with Mervin and the rest of her loved ones who went before. Death was never frightening to her as she knew that no life on this earth would compare to the eternal life that was ahead. Rest now with the angels in paradise until we all meet again.

    Sharon Young (Niece)
    Lake Charles, Louisiana