Gwen was a long-time member of the 1st United Pentecostal Church. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Edith McDonald Baker of Anacoco, LA, went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2012, from Byrd Memorial Hospital in Leesville, LA. Visitation will be at the 1st United Pentecostal Church, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the 1st United Pentecostal Church in Leesville with Rev. Mark Christian, Rev. John Burns, and Rev. Alvin Glaze officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery in Anacoco under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville. The following nephews will be Pallbearers: Bobby Joe Golemon, B. J. Golemon, David Golemon, Josh Golemon, Larry Brian, and Patrick McDonald. Honorary Pallbearers (grandsons) will be Johnathan Summers, Nathan Summers, Preston Baker, Isiah Vernon, Tanner Jeane, and Cameron Johnson.
Gwen was born in Harris County, Texas, September 12, 1949, the daughter of Homer Vertis and Arbie Evelyn Reynolds McDonald of Houston, Texas. Forty-four years ago she met and married Robert Lee Baker. She worked as a cashier at the commissary at Fort Polk and retired a number of years ago. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, proud MeeMaw, loyal friend, and a devout prayer warrior. She was an accomplished seamstress as well as a talented beautician. She received the Holy Ghost in June 1968 and was a long-time member of the 1st United Pentecostal Church. For many years she volunteered as a matron at the Louisiana District UPC Campground in Tioga, LA.
Gwen is survived by her husband of forty-four years, Robert Baker; three daughters, Alice and husband John Vernon of Anacoco, LA., Sarah and husband Dan Summers of Anacoco, LA., and Nancy Baker and fiancé Timothy Goodeaux of Moss Bluff, LA.; one brother: Homer McDonald and wife Charlene of Livingston, TX; one sister: Elaine Golemon and husband Bobby of New Llano, LA.; twelve grandchildren: Sydney Viduarri, Johnathan Summers, Shelby McAlpin, Nathan Summers, Sarah Vernon, Preston Baker, Isiah Vernon, Tanner Jeane, Cameron Johnson, Moriah Vernon, Helaina Jeane, and Kara Johnson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.