Alice was born Aug. 16, 1928, to Mike and Esther Mahoney in El Reno, Okla.
She was the youngest of three children. Alice joined older brother, Jack, and older sister, Bonnie. Alice grew up on a dairy that her father worked on, and went to school in El Reno. Alice’s father, Mike Mahoney, died when Alice was a very young girl. Alice moved to Burns with her mother, Esther, and stepfather, Fred Baker, in the spring of 1946,
Alice met Harold J. Baker, and they were married Nov. 26, 1946, at Harold’s parents’, Bob and Tressa Baker’s, ranch house located six miles north of Burns on the Silvies River. Harold and Alice then moved to Harold and Fred’s ranch, 20 more miles further north up the Silvies River, known as the Tim Donavan ranch at that time. Harold and Alice raised four sons on the ranch. Sons, Mitch Baker, Harold (Monk)Baker, Jim Baker, and Bob Baker.
It was very different and quite challenging for a young bride from the city of El Reno to start living a very remote and very rustic lifestyle of ranch life. Before winter set in, they had to store quite a lot of supplies to last six to eight months. Back then, the winters and springs were long and harsh. There was no getting out and coming to town once the snow came.
Alice loved visiting with her many friends, reading, writing poetry, rock hounding, taking pictures, and doing many of her other craft projects, including painting faces on rocks and doing pine cone projects. Alice wrote many poems for pioneer days, weddings, wedding anniversaries, and other special occasions for her many friends.
Alice is survived by four sons, Mitch and wife, Linda Baker, Harold (Monk) and wife, Kristina Baker, Jim Baker, Bob and wife, Linda Baker; special friend, Jan Baker; grandchildren, Amy and husband, Kevin Jones, Joe and wife, Heather, Paula and husband, John Colby; great-grandchildren, Braden and Tylie Garfield, Halleigh, Tayleur, Noah, and Abby Baker, Torri, Talon, and Tanner Colby, Kirstin Miller, Gracie, Tressa, Madison, and Alyssa Baker; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Baker; father, Mike Mahoney; mother, Esther Baker; brother, Jack Mahoney; sister, Bonnie Avila; grandson, Ty Harold Baker; two half-brothers, Harold and Len Mahoney; and two half-sisters, Viola James and Verda Zajic.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.