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Virginia Hastings Baker

12/20/1938 - 12/14/2022
Service Date: 12/22/2022
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 2334 E. Pueblo Avenue, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 12/21/2022
Visitation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel - 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

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Virginia Hastings Baker, 83, passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 14, 2022. She was born in her grandmother Hinton’s house in Hurricane, Utah, on December 20, 1938. Virginia was the fourth and youngest daughter of Harvey Elbert Hastings and Camilla Hinton. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Florence Craig, Joann Steffen, and Sara Sylvia Bagley. She is survived by her husband and love of her life of 65 years, Charles Verl Baker, and her children: Laurie Patterson (Gary), Shelley Mills (Steven), Susan Baker (the favorite), Charles II (Jennifer), Matthew (Heidi-deceased; Rebecca), and Scott (Seini), including close family friends Ray Angilau (DeAnn) and Moni Angilau (Elaine). She was a grandmother of 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

When Virginia was 8 years old, she moved with her family from Hurricane to Mesa, Arizona. She attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Mesa. When the new Mesa Junior High opened, she was in the first 8th grade class. Virginia was active in the band in junior high and high school. She was also on the student council, and yearbook staff. She even interviewed actor Art Carney when she worked for the Phoenix Gazette while she was in high school.

Virginia was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations.

When her children were all in school, she worked as a school registrar at Mesa Junior High. Later, she worked as a school secretary for Johnson Elementary School in Mesa until she retired. She made many lifelong friends working at the school. Both teachers and students loved her.

Virginia loved to create beautiful wreaths and flower arrangements. She loved decorating for Christmas—her most favorite time of year—as well as for wedding receptions. We will miss her cooking and baking, especially her Sunday roasts, lemon pies, and pumpkin pies. She loved camping with her family, watching sports (an avid fan of football and basketball), and visiting relatives in other states and countries.

A visitation is scheduled on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ, 85201. Funeral services are Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 11:00 am (preceded by a visitation at 10:00 am) at the LDS Chapel at 2334 East Pueblo Ave., Mesa, AZ, 85204. Virginia will be interred in the Mesa City Cemetery. Bunker’s University Chapel will manage the funeral arrangements.

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • I knew Virginia thru Mesa Southern Little League many years ago. Matt and “Scottie B”, as he is fondly known by us, were on my husband’s team, the VFW Auxiliary. Although it has been a long time since we have seen each other, I have wonderful memories of watching those games with her. My deepest sympathies to Mr. Baker and family.

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