JoAnn Baker Obituary (2022) – Longview, WA


JoAnn Vernice Baker (Gilkerson)

September 20, 1938 – January 28, 2022

JoAnn Vernice Baker (Gilkerson), 83, was born September 20, 1938 in Longview, Washington and died January 28, 2022 in Castle Rock, Washington surrounded by her family. JoAnn grew up in Longview and attended RA Long High School. While at RA Long, she met the love of her life, Marvin Baker, and they were married on April 27, 1956. They were married for 64 years.

JoAnn was a carer for over twenty years at Frontier and Crawford House before retiring. After moving into The Villager Assisted Living, she continued to try to provide the same care to other residents. JoAnn enjoyed playing the piano, walking on the lake, taking trips to the beach and Mount St. Helens; but above all, her faith, family and friends were most important to her.

JoAnn is survived by her eight children Alana (Lonnie) Odem, Sherry (Steve)Brewer, Marvin (Sue) Baker, David (Liz) Baker, Craig (Judy) Baker, Deanna (Jim) Zdilar, Dennis (Heather) Baker and Jeff (Andrea) Baker. 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. JoAnn is also survived by her brothers, Gary (Sunee) Gilkerson, Ron (Nancy) Gilkerson and Gale Gilkerson, and her aunt Delores Smith.

Her husband Marvin Baker, her parents Edward and Minerva Gilkerson and a sister Marcella Gilkerson are deceased.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park. A service will be held at Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church 16108 Northeast 192nd Avenue, Brush Prairie, WA 98606 on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. For those unable to attend, the service will be streamed live at

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at The Villager Assisted Living in Castle Rock, JoAnn’s home for the past three years.

Published by The Daily News on February 6, 2022.


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