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Mary Ruth (Holstine) Baker

June 9, 1931 — January 30, 2023

Mary Ruth (Holstine) Baker, 91, of Elizabeth, Arkansas, passed away from this life on Monday, January 30, 2023, at Salem, Arkansas. Mary Ruth was born June 9, 1931, in Argosy, Arkansas to Luther Holstine and Alpha (Williams) Holstine.

Mary Ruth was united in marriage to Roy “Jack” Junior Baker on December 13, 1947, at Elizabeth, Arkansas, and to this union three children were born. Mary Ruth worked as a dairy farmer for several years, worked at Baxter Lab right after they built the plant in 1964 until she quit to care for her daughter in law (Deborah), owned and operated a dress shop at Viola, and one of her greatest delights was loving and caring for her babies (grands, great grands, and expected great great grand). Mary Ruth was a charter member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Elizabeth, Arkansas where she was Adult Sunday School teacher for many years. Mary Ruth compiled a complete study of the book of Revelations which took many years and after her husband’s death she spent many months and travels researching the Holstine genealogy and the Baker genealogy. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt, and friend.

Mary Ruth leaves to mourn her passing, two sons, Larry Baker (Bev) of Mt. Home, Arkansas and Don Baker (Linda) of Vilonia, Arkansas; daughter, Brenda Guffey of Viola, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Melissa Wallace (Darrell), Angela Bassham (Shannon), Lisa Guffey, Jason Guffey (Tricia), Shannon Baker (Melissa), Emily Mendez (Chuy); ten great grandchildren, McKinley Dees (Craigen), Kellen Bassham, Chelsea Bassham, Scott Kissinger, Ethan Kissinger (Becky), Madeline Busker, Mallory Guffey, Izabel Mendez, Aliana Mendez, and Mariella Mendez; soon to be great great grandson, Baylor Gene Dees; brother, J. H. Holstine of Caulfield, Missouri; sister, Louise Crotts of Mt. Home, Arkansas; brother in law, Ray Gilbreath; three sisters in law, Rosetta Holstine, Shirley Holstine, and Jill Holstine; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son in law (Duane Guffey), daughter in law (Deborah Baker), four brothers (James, Joe, Carmon, and Cleo Holstine), and two sisters (Joy Lee Baker and Devene Gilbreath), two brothers in law, and three sisters in law.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabeth, Arkansas with Bro. Dwight Scott and Bro. John Hodges officiating.  Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M., Friday, February 3, 2023, at Barker Funeral Home in Salem, Arkansas.  Interment will be in the Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth, Arkansas.  Pallbearers will be Shannon Baker, Chuy Mendez, Shannon Bassham, Jason Guffey, Craigen Dees, and Darrell Wallace. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Kissinger, Ethan Kissinger, and Kellen Bassham.  Memorials may be given to the Elizabeth Cemetery Association.  Arrangements are under the direction of Barker Funeral Home, LLC in Salem, Arkansas.


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Visitation

Friday, February 3, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Barker Funeral Home - Salem

Highway 62 West, Salem, AR 72576

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Elizabeth Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

, Elizabeth, AR 72531

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Interment

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Elizabeth Cemetery

, Elizabeth, AR 72531

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