Geneva “Genny” Baker



Geneva “Genny” Baker, 88, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Carole Sue Martinez Fonts, in Tampa, Florida.

Geneva was a member of Brownstown Baptist Church and was a housewife. She raised two daughters and was very proud of their accomplishments and also was very proud of her three grandchildren and her great-granddaugther.

Genny grew up in Washington County and graduated from Salem High School. Her family owned property in Washington County, which is now Delaney Creek Park. Over the years, she was a member of the Brownstown Professional Women’s Club and part owner of Baker’s Used Cars. She enjoyed her friendships, especially her longtime friend, Helen Sovern. She liked socializing and never met a stranger, whether she was shopping in Seymour or Florida. She loved music and singing and instilled that love in her daughters.

After a stay at Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown, Genny spent the past 20 days in the Florida sunshine reminiscing with her daughter and enjoying her 4-year-old great-granddaughter, Sophia.

Born Feb. 24, 1926, in Black Snake, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Carlo and Ellen Saylor Hobbs, both of whom preceded her in death. She married Hobert H. Baker in Jeffersonville in August 1945, and he preceded her in death Dec. 31, 2011. They were married 69 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Carole Sue (Alberto) Martinez-Fonts of Tampa, Florida and Debra Ann Baker Schneider of Seymour; three grandchildren, Susanna Catherine (Jason) Tarokh of Tampa, Florida, Christopher Martinez Fonts of Chicago, Illinois, and Katherine Ellen Schneider of Cincinnati; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Carolina Tarokh of Tampa, Florida; and three sisters, Faye Drumm and Mary Brown, both of Louisville, Kentucky, and Shirley Hobbs of Ontario, Canada.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by four brothers, Paul Hobbs, Eli Hobbs, John Hobbs and Nathaniel Hobbs; and one sister, Jeanetta Harris.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Brownstown Baptist Church with Scott Erwin officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown and from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.

The family wishes to thank all of the dear people of Brownstown who showered Genny with acts of kindness, especially the staff at Hoosier Christian Village and our Aunt Edna Baker. Also, the family wishes to extend a special thanks to Ray and Annette Bachmann for their friendship and kindness.

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