Joyce Fay Baker was born in Brownwood on Aug. 24, 1948 to Tom and Gladys Henderson. She was the sixth of eight children and received her education through the Brownwood Independent School District.


On March 25, 1972, she married Claude James Baker from Santa Ana and through their union, they raised two boys, Claude James Baker Jr. and Reggie Oba Baker.


In 1985, Joyce and her family moved to San Angelo and she worked at Johnson & Johnson for over 20 years. After retiring, she moved to Dallas to be near her beloved sons and grandbabies.


During the early morning hours on March 21, 2020, surrounded by her family, Joyce passed away. Her passing is an enormous loss to our family.


Joyce will always be remembered for her hilarious sense of humor, quick wit, and selfless love for her family and friends. If you knew Joyce, you knew a genuine heart and a giving soul. She made everyone smile and feel loved and was a loving mother figure to many. You were considered highly favored if she christened you with one of her famous nicknames!


Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Gladys Henderson.


Left to cherish her beloved memory is her husband, Claude James Baker; her sons, Claude James Baker Jr., Reggie O. Baker (Natalie); her grandchildren, Ezra, Brayden, and Olivia; her siblings, Pearlie M. Robinson, Tommie L. Govan, Willie F. Henderson (Paulette), David Henderson, Chester Zollicoffer, Bernetta Aweda, Bob R. Henderson (Glenda); and a host of nephews, nieces and friends.


Her presence, tight hugs, sense of humor, encouraging words and support will forever be missed.