Joyce W. Baker

Joyce Willis Baker, 77, of East Palatka, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka following a brief illness.

Joyce was a resident of East Palatka for 10 years, coming from Dallas, N.C. She was a graduate of Mt. Holly High School in Mt. Holly, N.C. She retired in 2002 from Gaston Memorial Hospital after 20-plus years in food service. She served as a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 59 in Mt. Holly, N.C., and was also a former member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Mt. Holly, N.C. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeGrand Baker; a sister, Elaine McCoy; and a brother, James Willis.

Surviving are two sons, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret.) Sgt. Bethea Baker of Dallas, N.C., and Mark Baker of Satsuma; a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Rodney Austin of East Palatka; two brothers, Henry Willis of Gastonia, N.C., and Roger Willis of Monroe, N.C.; three sisters, Lora Lee Caldwell of Gastonia, N.C., Helen Rhodes of Lincolnton, N.C., and Judy Ballard of Satsuma; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great grandchildren (twins) on the way.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Gaston Memorial Park Chapel in Gastonia, N.C., with Pastor Abott John Kennedy officiating.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

Palatka Daily News

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