Ora Baker*

Ora Baker*

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Ora  Baker*

The late Ora (Wade) Baker, ba '44, was born May 4, 1899, south of Maple Hill in Wabaunsee County, the daughter of Dolson N. and Cora (Vicory) Wade. Dolson Ney Wade graduated from Washburn in 1898. She attended Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia and graduated from Washburn with two majors, English and social studies, and was a MacVicar Scholar. She later studied law at Washburn where she was a member of Washburn Players, NoNoSo honor society, and Zeta Tau Alpha. She was married to William C. Baker on October 13, 1930, in Evergreen, Colo. He died May 21, 1984. Baker taught 10 years in public schools, and then joined her husband in Baker and Baker insurance agency. They developed Baker Claim Service in 1946. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, deacon and trustees board, was Sunday school superintendent six years, president of women's social service groups and directed the Maundy Thursday Pageant for 25 years. She was recognized by the national society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for collecting and copying the first 100 years of naturalization records from all courts in Topeka. She died April 6, 1992.