Margurite Baker was born on January 26th, 1946, in Denver, Colorado to Tom and Corean Adams. She was sixth child born and grew up with her brothers John Quincy and Thomas, and sisters, Norma Jean, Mayrean, Helen, and Jane. As a young woman, Margurite loved to go out with friends but the only way she was allowed to do so was if she took her sisters with her, which she absolutely hated, especially when her brother Sonny would thump her on her head, and she’d have a big ol’ knot on her forehead!
Margurite matriculated through Denver Public Schools graduating from Manual High School in 1962. After graduating, Margurite married Floyd Underwood and they were blessed with the birth of two beautiful daughters, Tracey and Valerie. The union between Margurite and Floyd later dissolved, and they parted ways. In 1970, she married Charles Baker. To this union two beloved children were born. Parrish, and Charles. Margurite was also blessed with the birth of her son Joseph which completed Margurite’s world.
Reminiscing of special times with their mother, Tracey recalls the enjoyment of cooking with her mom. She learned everything she knows from her. Valerie admired her mom for being a great confidant. She could tell her anything and not be judged. Joseph recalls going out to dinner and the conversations they shared. When they were children, Parrish recalls, that Margurite would always say things like, “grown folks are talking, so take yourself back outside and play!” and “I brought you in this world and I can take you out!” or “in or out, either you stay in, or you stay out!” They loved and respected their mom to the utmost.
Margurite was a faithful lifelong member of St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church and worked with pride and excellence at the University of Colorado Hospital as a Data Entry Specialist. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bingo and cards, talking on the phone, watching her “soaps”, and bowling. Her best friends, Carol Calhoun, Cynthia Hall, Wanda Wade, Pauline Hodges and Delois Ealy and co-workers, Jackie and BJ, will remember their life changing conversations, great advice, being told “I love you” and it be genuine, her wisdom, and her loyalty. Margurite’s friendships lasted many years, sometimes more than 50 years. She always had her friends’ backs and she never stayed mad at them when they disagreed. She will be truly missed.
Margurite is preceded in death by parents, John and Corean Adams; her husband Floyd Underwood; son, Charles Franklin Baker; brothers, John Quincy Adams and Thomas Adams; sisters, Norma Jean Adams and Mayrean Haley.
Margurite Baker departed this life on April 12th, 2022 to the embrace of her Heavenly Father. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Tracey Pryor and Valerie Underwood; sons, Parrish (Valerie K.) Baker and Joseph Lamar Green; son in-law, Sylvester Hoskins; sisters, Helen Ingram and Jane Brice; aunt Pearlene Mickens; grandchildren, Martiqua Pryor, Nathan Pryor, II, Reva Hoskins, Kaley Baker, Tyler Baker, Little Joey Green; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle Pryor, Nathan Pryor, III, Khamya Pryor, and Keith Cockrell, Jr.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In Honor of Margurite, a Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, April 23, 2022, 2PM at Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace (6601 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220). Reception to follow immediately after Celebration of Life.