Toni Jo Baker Hatton

October 27, 2022

Toni Jo Baker Hatton On June 9, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s, Toni peacefully went to be with her Lord at her home in Milton, FL. She was 73.

Toni was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, on October 2, 1948, to Calvis Harvey Baker and Margaret Helen Gillespie Baker. Attending Blackwell Public Schools, she was a member of the large Future Homemakers of America group all 3 years of High School, was Vice President her Junior year and President during her Senior year. She also participated in the Junior Play, “The Thread That Runs So True,” and was a member of Y-Teen, Pep Club and Chorus all three years of High School, graduating in May of 1966.

After High School, life took Toni to Florida where she worked for many years for Russell Athletics of Milton, FL, and then for Johnson Communications of Pensacola and was a highly valued employee wherever she worked. She was an avid genealogist and spent many years traveling to various states searching through records researching our family back in the days before the internet existed and genealogy research was done the hard old-fashioned way.

She was President of the Santa Rosa Florida County Genealogy Society in the 1990’s and was active in the donation of census records and other key genealogical records to the Milton, FL Library. Surviving Toni are two sons, James Michael Rouse of Mobile, AL and Calvis Eugene Brahier and grandchildren, Dakota, Wyatt and Shyanne Brahier of Milton, FL; her cherished cousins, Mike and Sandy Hatton, of Bay City, TX; and close friends, Jerome Manning and Robin Nobles of Milton.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth Howard Hatton, of Van Vleck, TX, daughter, Michelle Ann Odom, and her Mother and Father, Calvis and Margaret Baker. Toni is also survived by; her brother, Bill Baker, and wife Susie of Norman, OK. She was loved by her nephews and nieces, Bill’s son Michael Gene Baker and wife Shanda of Robinson, TX, Bill’s daughter Sidna Virginia Trimmell and husband Kevin of Blanchard, OK and Bill’s daughter-in-law Gwendolyn Meister Baker of Owasso, OK; and many great nephews and nieces as well as many great-great nephews and nieces.

Preceding her in death was Bill’s oldest son, Marcus Wayne Baker. Toni’s sister, Barbie Heinen and husband John of Oklahoma City, OK, their son, Mark Lee Heinen, of Newalla, OK, their daughter, Tara Lynne Johnson Reed and husband, David, and children, Dylan Ray Johnson, Gabrielle Love Reed and Georganna Paislee Reed also survive her. She enjoyed cooking, relaxing beside the Koi Ponds her son, Cal, built for her, playing with her grandchildren, and long talks on the phone with her sister, Barbie, and her cousins Mike and Sandy. Her Grandparents, Walter Burlin Baker and Essie Pearl Brown Baker; Edward A. Gillespie, Sr. and Step Grandmother, Bessie Gillespie all of Blackwell; and Step-Grandfather, Hiram Thomas Crider and Grandmother, Minnie May Durham Crider of Eureka Springs, AR all preceded Toni in death as did her uncle and aunt, Edward A. Gillespie, Jr. and wife Loretta of Houston, TX; her aunt and uncle, Erma Faye (Faye) Baker Moore and Charles Moore, of Blackwell, and uncle, Jack Baker, of Brunswick, Georgia. Her aunt and uncle, Echo Geraldine Baker Cooper and Homer Cooper of Blackwell, OK also preceded Toni in death. Surviving her is their daughter, Jackie Cooper Davis of Shawnee, OK and their granddaughter Mistie Davis and husband, Frapp of Austin, TX; and their daughter, Linda Cooper Astle, her husband Jon, and their daughters, Shelley, of Phoenix, AZ, and Holly and Romley of Scottsdale, AZ and their families.

Preceding Toni in death are her Uncle Harold P. Baker, Sr. and wife, Jewell Swinney Baker of Wichita, KS, and their daughter, Lawana L. Baker. Surviving are her cousins, Marilyn Adkins, and son Mike Hatton and wife Sandy, son Keith Hatton and wife Dottie, and daughter, Cindy Hatton Plunket and husband Al, all of Bay City, TX; Georgia Lively of Blackwell, OK; her son Bob Lively and wife Candy; daughter, Debbie Lively Riley, and sons Monte Lively and Pete Lively, all of Blackwell, OK.

She was preceded in death by Georgia’s husband, Roy Martin Lively, and their daughter, Vickie Jo Smith and cousin, Sharon Kay Baker Meredith of Wichita, KS. Also preceding Toni in death was cousin John Ernest Baker, cousin Francis Marion Baker, his wife Gladys Eva Ruby Baker, and daughters Patsy Judd and husband Vern, and Meredith Sue Truhlar and husband Jim. Toni is survived by Jim’s and Sue’s daughter, Kara Rachelle Truhlar Hall, her husband Heath and their five beautiful children of Ripley, OK. Her cousins, William Fount Baker and wife, Augusta H. Klofkorn, daughter, Vivian Eloise Baker Chessher and husband Weldon Chessher, their daughter, Phyllis Lavon Chessher, and son, Wesley Ross Chessher all preceded Toni in death.

Surviving Toni are Vivian’s and Weldon’s daughters, Pam Chessher Campbell and husband, John, their son, John Allen Campbell, and daughter, Lori Mort and husband Rick and children, Ryan, Sierra and Joseph, all of Blackwell, OK; and Mary Chessher Kessinger and son Sherman and wife Stephanie and daughters, Ruby and Cassandra, of Arkansas City, KS, and son Jeffrey Kessinger of Ponca City, OK.

No services are planned at this time. A private family interment for Toni will follow at a later time.