PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 1, 2013

Mary Baker Shoemaker


The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    Mary Baker Shoemaker passed away on July 16, 2013. She was the daughter of Emery and Annie Baker. Mary was born and raised in Port Arthur and lived most of her life here.

  She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She taught Sunday school at the Methodist Temple and taught at Lamar Port Arthur when it was still Port Arthur College. Later she worked at Sabine Towing where she met and married Eddie Shoemaker. They were the parents of David, Steve, Jon, Emery, and Sally Shoemaker. Mary and Eddie ran a successful print shop together.

  She was a devoted and hard-working member of several departments of the Department Club of Port Arthur. One of these was the Sylvan Garden Club. Through the Department Club, she became involved in the restoration and preservation of Rose Hill Manor, volunteered many hours at the Museum of the Gulf Coast, and helped prepare many luncheons.

   As her father, mother, and older sister before her, Mary was a member of the Masonic Temple family. She was a member of the Port Arthur Chapter 262 of the Eastern Stars.

   Her husband, Eddie, and sons, Steve and Emery preceded her in death. Her parents, Emery and Annie Baker, and sisters, Marjorie Baker Dwight and Ruth Baker Hans, also predeceased Mary.

   She is survived by her son, David, of Houston, his daughters, Kim and Hollis, of Nederland; her son, Steve's widow, B.J. and their children, Rosemary and Will, of Port Arthur; her son Jon and his wife Vickie, of Winnie; her son, Emery's widow, Norma and their children, Kathy and Emery of Florida; and her daughter, Sally, and her children, Danny and Jasey.

Other survivors include nieces, Mary Adams, Diane Dwight, Lou Anne Whitis, and Suzanne Vignaud; five grand-nieces and four grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Department Club of Port Arthur.

   A private Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday , August 3, 2013 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, in Chapel of Faith  Mausoleum under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.

   Condolences may be offered at:   www.grammier-oberle.com


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