Doris was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Caldwell, Idaho, to Lee & Verna Gibson. As a child she was raised on farms in southern Idaho. She traveled with her parents and 5 siblings a lot as her father worked on a sheep shearing crew as well as construction and ranching. Some of the childhood memories she would share was at the time her family was living out of Cambridge, Idaho. Her grandfather H.P. Lavender lived with them and enjoyed telling the children stories – both tall and short. She remarked many times how much she admired her Mother; she said Verna was the kindest and gentlest soul she’d ever known. Theirs was a close family; she often likened them to the “Waltons”.
Doris worked in Sun Valley as a motel maid shortly before she met Clyde J. Baker. They were married on June 3, 1943. Prior to moving to Grangeville in 1948, she worked in the fruit orchards and canneries around Caldwell as Clyde drove a produce truck to and from California. Clyde Baker Trucking was formed in 1948. Clyde and Doris continued to expand their business and eventually formed Baker Truck Service. Clyde’s younger brother Wendell joined the company in the mid-1960’s.
Doris was primarily a homemaker as the couple had 2 sons, Roger and Dennis, then 1 daughter Toni. She did work part time at Martin’s Foodland and later became the manager for the Grangeville Senior Citizens meal program. Another proud accomplishment was reigning as the Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.
An outgoing and fun personality also gave way to her stock car racing career. She won many trophies and had lots of stories to tell, including her retirement from racing “When that one tough ol’ gal ran me right off the track!” Doris and Toni joined Clyde in Lewiston in 1978 as he was running the new shop on the Lewiston Hill – Baker Truck Lines.
Doris and Clyde built a cabin at Newsome Creek in the 1960’s. Many great memories were made there throughout the years. She was an avid fisherman and taught many kids how to fish. She was always beautiful anyway, but nonetheless, she had to have her lipstick on before she went fishing. Clyde loved to tease her about that. Four wheeling, snowmobiling, cards, family, and friends were enjoyed by all at the cabin. Doris was famous for her sourdough pancakes at Newsome, no one, but no one could make them like she did!
She loved to travel, including several trips to Hawaii; the first was with her sisters. The last time in Hawaii she swam with the dolphins, her smile from ear to ear.
Another favorite trip was taken to Australia and New Zealand with her daughter in law Judy Baker. Clyde and Doris were also snowbirds, spending many winters in Arizona. Other interests were her flower garden, playing pinochle, making Christmas ornaments for her family, cooking, and baking. Everyone looked forward to Christmas at Grandma’s house filled with goodies, lights, fun, and most of all love. Doris was classy and poised, yet down to earth. She was friendly, kind, generous, and she never met a stranger. All who knew her loved her deeply. This world is a better place because this Angel was in it.
The Baker family would like to thank both the assisted living and nursing home sides of Royal Plaza for the wonderful care given to our Mother. A special thank you to Erica and Betty or as Mom called her “My Betty” for their kindness shown. Also a special thank you to Wendy Teed, she was Mom’s hairdresser for over 30 years, her confidant, and very dear friend. After Mom lost her eyesight Wendy would read to her, especially from the Bible. Mom loved that and she loved you Wendy.
Doris is survived by her sons Roger (Judy) Baker of Lewiston, Dennis (Maggie) Baker of Clarkston, daughter Toni (Kent) Roberts of Grangeville; nine grandchildren, Rocky (Heidi) Baker of Chatteroy, Meaghan Baker of Atlanta, Brock Baker of San Diego, Cindy (Rodney) Schmidt of Lewiston, Ben (Chia)Baker of Moscow, Jenny Baker of Moscow, Kelsey (Amber) Kunkel of Lewiston, Heather (Dave) VanOstrand of Anchor Point Alaska, and Taylor (Tressta) Kunkel of Portland, North Dakota.
Bonus grandchildren include Chad (Brette) Sangster, Casey (Cindy) Sangster, Corey Sangster all of Wenatchee; Eddie (Tara) Grainger of Salem, Adrian (Jessica) Grainger of Clarkston, and Tyler Grainger of Clarkston; Kevin (Kera) Roberts of Spokane, Jason Roberts of Spokane, Colleen (Jake) Owens of Kalispell. There are 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren in all.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband Clyde, parents Lee & Verna Gibson, 5 siblings, an infant daughter Patty, and great-grandson infant Rylan Crow.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. June 7th, 2018 at the Mount Idaho Cemetery, officiated by Stephanie Jordan. Services are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to Blackmerfuneralhome.com