Mac Davis Baker
Mac Davis Baker passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
Services will be held at a later date.
She was born Aug. 30, 1919, in Moore County, near the Joel McLendon Cabin and the Bryant House (built by her great-great-grandfather).
In a large family that depended upon farming for survival, Mac went to work at age 5, milking five cows twice a day. Finishing high school at 16, she was offered the only full scholarship available at the time, but returned home to help support her family.
Mac went to Washington, D.C., in 1938 to work and was hired by the Navy Department. Working her way from messenger to clerk with “Top Secret” clearance in the flight division office, she met Adm. Felix Baker, whom she wed in 1949.
In 1956 Mac and her husband returned to Moore County, building their home overlooking Shadow Lake in the Eastwood community. She was a member of the Junior Red Cross, the Moore County Wildlife Association and the Moore County Historical Association, with whom she worked closely, helping to arrange the donation of her family home place. In later years Mac’s interests were nature, conservation, books, travel, her beloved family, as well as her cherished lakeside home.
She was predeceased by her husband, Adm. Felix Baker; stepson Robert Baker; stepdaughter Zoe Stittsworth; sisters Ruth Newberry, Margarette Maves, Swannie Rudder, Abby Robie, Mary Cassidy and Melba Wargin; and brothers Jefferson, John, Gordon and Warren Davis. She is survived by her daughter Clenny “Randy” Jackson; son-in-law Scott Jackson; stepdaughter Barbara Baker; brothers Robert and Henry Davis; as well as countless adored nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to The Friends of the Bryant House, c/o Moore County Historical Association, P.O. Box 324, Southern Pines, NC 28388.