Margaret Reaves Baker

October 3, 1922 - July 19, 2015

10/03/1922 - 07/19/2015

Past Services

Friday July 24, 2015
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Margaret Reaves Baker, 92, of Hendersonville died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Spring Arbor of Hendersonville. She was born October 3, 1922 in Honey Grove, TX to the late Rev. Andrew Walter and Eunice Powell Reaves. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Catherine Reaves Nicholson and Virginia Reaves Parker, and by her daughter, Pamela Ann Baker Locke.

Mrs. Baker was a graduate of Stetson University, where she earned both the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Music degree. She studied and taught at Baylor University. She held the degree of Master of Sacred Music from Southwestern Theological Seminary. A gifted and professional musician, she made her life work in sacred music — as a soloist, teacher, and choir director. She sang in choirs and directed music in Baptist Churches in Texas, Alabama, Florida, and Arkansas before she and her husband were employed as missionaries in South Korea, Zambia, and South Africa. In Zambia she founded the Kitwe Choral Society and directed the Lusaka Choral Society, an 86-voice international choir. When she retired after 25 years in the mission field, Mrs. Baker moved to Flat Rock in 1987 and served as music director of West Hendersonville Baptist Church and interim choir director of St. James Episcopal Church, both in Hendersonville.

Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, The Rev. Frank Jackson Baker, formerly of Flat Rock, NC, now residing at Spring Arbor of Hendersonville; daughter, Bethany Ann Baker Austin and her husband, Kevin, of Lorena, TX; grandsons, Shane Glenn Austin of Lorena, TX and Skyler Austin and his wife, Courtney, of Houston, TX.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 538 Tracy Grove Road, Hendersonville. Reverends Wally Shamburger and Steve Scoggins will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family may be greeted following the graveside service.

It is Mrs. Bakerís wish that, if memorial gifts are made, please make them to The International Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230.

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Carlos & Myrtice Owens
7 years ago

Dear Frank and family, Our hearts ache with you over the passing of your dear wife/mother/grandmother. We send our deepest sympathy and assure you of our love and prayers during this sad time. May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you to bring comfort and peace.

Don and Sandra Mason
7 years ago

Dear Frank,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this sad experience of the death of Margaret. We were so thankful to have you serve with us in Zambia. You were both so talented and so committed to our Lord. We had heard about you years earlier when we lived in Orlando and our pastor Dr. Parker shared with us your decision to go to South Korea. We have cherished the times we spent with you and are grateful that the Lord brought our lives together during those years in Lusaka. We know Margaret is now with her Lord and we rejoice in that fact. Our prayer is that the Lord will grant to you Frank the peace of His presence and the comfort that only He can give.

We love you and appreciate you and will be praying for you.

Your friends in Christ,

Don and Sandra Mason

Cortney Stewart
7 years ago

Uncle Frank – my heart hurts today at the loss of Aunt Margaret but know that she is at home and finally at peace forever. I am so proud to be yours and Aunt Margaret’s great niece. I am so proud of both of your lives. I love you!

Mary Small
7 years ago

Dear Frank and family of Margaret,

You are in my thoughts and prayers in these days of sorrowful/joyful remembrances. Tom and I first met Margaret and Frank the day they arrived in Zambia. From that day forward they have been part of our lives. Today I am sure Margaret is directing the heavenly choir and Tom is a member!!

Frank, you and Margaret trusted Tom and me to keep one of your dearly loved dogs while you were on Stateside assignment. Much to our sorrow precious Kia (not sure of the spelling) passed away only a short time before you were due to return to Africa. We felt like we had failed the responsibility entrusted to us. You so graciously reminded us that he would not have been able to join you immediately upon your return to South Africa — which would have broken his heart. I still thank you for trusting him to our care.

Many more wonderful memories of times shared in Zambia. May God comfort your hearts during the days ahead.

With heartfelt sympathy and love,

Mary E. Small

Lynn Bell Armour
7 years ago

Dear Frank, it was a privilege to know you and Margaret while I was a journeyman in South Africa from ’81-’83. I loved singing some of the arrangements she did of hymns. I know you will miss her dearly, yet we have that hope of being reunited with all our loved ones that belong to God through Jesus. I will pray for you and your family in these coming days, weeks and months. In His love, Lynn Bell

Kathie Stewart
7 years ago

Our prayers are with you Uncle Frank. Aunt Margaret was a great lady and I know there will be a void in your life until the day you will see her again! I thank God for that day and can’t wait to see mom, Aunt Marie, Aunt Dot and Aunt Margaret! They are together in heaven! I love you.

Stan Stewart
7 years ago

Aunt Margaret was a delight to know. Although we did not see each other often, every time I did see her she was a blessing! Today she is with her Savior that she served so well for so many years! Uncle Frank, you are loved!