Jo Ann (Thomas) Baker

October 17, 1951 ~ April 16, 2022 (age 70)


Jo Ann Thomas Baker, age 70, of Sanford, NC, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 16, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Lee County, NC on October 17, 1951 to Fred Ray Thomas and Christine Hall Thomas. In addition to her parents, Jo Ann is survived by her husband, of 51 years, Dewitt Lavell Baker; daughters Melanie Baker Farmer and husband Moses of Lillington, Marcia Baker Buchanan and husband Jeff; brother David Thomas and wife Janice; sister Cathy Pender and husband Rick all of Sanford; grandchildren Madison Farmer, Jaden Buchanan, Gavin Farmer, Mackinley Farmer and bonus-daughter Kristi Grady of Arizona. She is also survived by two nieces, two nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann graduated from Deep River High School, Class of 1970 and worked about 15 years as an Assistant Teacher for 3rd grade.  She retired from Cooper Tools.  Jo Ann was a member of Zion Christian Church and was dedicated to reading her Bible every morning.  Always thinking of others, she quietly did little things to let her friends and family know she loved them.  She passed her love of seashell hunting to her girls.  Jo Ann was  gifted at crocheting and crafting.  Her granddaughter, Madison was the apple of Nana’s eye and they had a special bond with each other.  Jo Ann will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall of Zion Christian Church on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and other times at the family home.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 21st at 3:00 PM at Zion Christian Church with Rev. Steve Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Zion Christian Church, 23 Zion Church Road, Sanford, NC 27330.

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April 20, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fellowship Hall of Zion Christian Church

Funeral Service
April 21, 2022

3:00 PM
Zion Christian Church
23 Zion Christian Church Road
Sanford, NC 27330


Zion Christian Church Cemetery

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