Obituary: Jeanette F. Mason Baker


Jeanette F. Mason Baker, a resident of Saratoga, since July 1995, died Aug. 27 at Saratoga’s Deseret Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 19, 1935, the oldest daughter of Leo and Eva (now Stubbs) Cummins, in Newcastle.

Jeanette was diagnosed with Type I diabetes while a teenager and survived a crippling stroke in May 2001. Cremation has taken place and her life will be remembered in a memorial service at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at First Presbyterian Church of Saratoga. 

Jeanette was a long-time school teacher in Wyoming and Montana elementary schools, most recently in Gillette from which position she retired in 1995 and moved to Saratoga.

Her first husband, Myron Mason, also an educator, died in 1994. Together they positively impacted the lives of many young people, as well as parents and fellow educators. Jeanette and Myron, both graduates of the University of Wyoming, were parents of a daughter and two sons who also graduated from the University. 

In 1998 Jeanette met and married Bill W. Baker, a Tennessean who, after a third and final retirement, had moved to Saratoga.

Jeanette is survived by her husband, her daughter Annette (Royce) Kelley, of Saratoga, her son Terry (Cathy) Mason, of Ventura, Calif., and her son Michael (Jana) Mason, of Scottsbluff, Neb.

Also surviving her are granddaughters Laura and Tara Mason, and grandsons Mason Kelley, Maxwell Mason, Mike and Matthew Klein.

Jeanette is also survived by her two sisters, Judy Statler, of Fargo, N.D., and Margo Rhoades, of Gillette, and her mother, Eva Stubbs, of Newcastle. 

Jeanette desired that any memorial gifts be given to St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital, the Jeanette and Bill Baker Scholarship Endowment Fund at the University of Wyoming Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

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