Victoria woman celebrates 100 birthday
Feb. 13, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 12, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.
Beatrice Baker was honored with a party celebrating her 100th birthday at DeTar Hospital Navarro on Jan. 18. Residing at Retama Manor, she had to be hospitalized the day before, so her family just moved the party to DeTar.
Born Beatrice Aliene Wilson on Jan. 22, 1914, in Diboll, she was the second child of nine born to George and Annie Wilson. She had a daughter, Joyce Miller, of Athens, and a son, Danny Baker, who predeceased her along with her husband, G.H. Baker. Having traveled all over with her husband working for Brown and Root, Beatrice Baker moved to Port Lavaca in 1997, near one of her granddaughters, and eventually moved to Retama in 2010.
One of her many stories remembered was about running a service station and grocery store during World War II when many items were rationed and could only be bought with ration stamps. She enjoys cooking and sewing, but most of all, she loves having the grandchildren around.