Obituary of Gilda Elizabeth Baker Edwards
Gilda Elizabeth Baker Edwards shined her light upon the earth on November 20th, 1955. She was born in Pineville, Louisiana. Gilda is the daughter of Irene Theresa Baker and Roland M. Baker Sr. She is the youngest sibling of Roland M. Baker Jr., Helen Ruth Baker, and Gordon Patrick Baker Sr.
Gilda attended Saint James Catholic School, and Holy Savior Menad High School for her first three years of high school. For her senior year of high school she went to Peabody Magnet High School. Where she was the Head Drum Majorette for the Peabody Magnet High School Band. During her senior year she had the honor of being Mardi Gras Queen. After graduating high school she attended the University of Louisiana with a full scholarship. She majored in Social Welfare and Sociology. She knew early in life she wanted to take care of people and change the world. She put her imprint on the world by joining the Alpha kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. A prestigious African American Sorority. Following college she put her purpose to work by guiding and mentoring her patients at Central Mental Hospital. During this time she would meet a man who would sweep her off her feet.
On August 11th, 1979 Gilda Baker and Eugene Edwards celebrated their love by becoming Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Edwards. Their union started a new and exciting chapter in her life. Gilda and Eugene traveled the world together. They became a power couple by helping each other achieve their goals and dreams.
Gilda's greatest accomplishment would be the birth of her beautiful baby girl Jandace Vida Edwards. Gilda loved and enjoyed being a mother. She adored watching her daughter grow into the women she is today. She also cherished the special and private moments they shared.
In 1996 Gilda finally placed roots in Arizona. She work various jobs in the community until she found her career as A Senior Nutritionist and Recreation Assistant for the City of Tucson. Here is where she would make the most impact of all. She made long lasting relationships with co-workers, community members, and most of all the children's lives she touched over the years.
Gilda Baker Edwards was a sister, wife, mother and friend. We love you. You will be truly missed.