Claudia Chandler Martin Baker

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Funeral Services were held Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield, LA for Claudia Chandler Martin Baker, 91, who passed away on Thursday,December 24, 2014 at Maison de Lafayette. Reverend Brad Franklin, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Winnfield will officiate.Interment followed at the CouleyDouble Churches Cemetary. Claudia was born on January 5, 1923 in Castor, LA, but grew inMineola, TX. She was a resident of Winnfield for 41 years and Natchitoches for 18 years before moving to Lafayette in 1999 to be near her daughter. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She was blessed to have two wonderful men as husbands, thelove of her life, Asa Martin, to whom she was married for 35 years until his death in 1975, and the partner of her later years, Ben Baker,to whom she was married for 12 years until his death in 1995. She was a wonderful mother to her only child, Elizabeth Ann Martin. Her other great love was her Persian cat, Frosty, who provided unconditional love and companionship for 12 years.Claudia is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Pace Cashi, ofSunset and her husband, Larry, who was adored by his mother-in-law. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Asa Martin and Ben Baker, and six sisters, Evelyn Schober, Dora Lee Kieffer, PeggyFranks, Vernette Elliott, Rosezeen Caldwell, and Floreen Butler. Her parents were Claude Chandler and Clara Kennedy Chandler Kieffer. Pallbearers were Donald Kelley, Joe Kelley, Bryan Kelley, Matthew Kelley, Jamie Dantzler and Chandler Dantzler. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Maison de Lafayette Nursing Home and Heart of Hospice for their excellent care.Donations can be made in Mrs. Baker’s name to Heart of Hospice, 201 W. Vermilion St. Lafayette, LA 70501 or First United Methodist Church, 300 West Main St., Winnfield, LA 71483 
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