Gloria Elizabeth Disney Baker | June 20, 1928-July 6 2019

Gloria Elizabeth Disney Baker died at home in Friday Harbor, Washington, on the island of San Juan, on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

Elizabeth (Beth) Baker was born on June 20, 1928, daughter of Richard Lester Disney and Harriet Mitchell Disney, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She married Donald Craig Baker of Jonesboro, Arkansas, on June 2, 1952, and together they had six children.

Elizabeth graduated from Swarthmore College and earned a Masters in English Literature at the University of Oklahoma. She raised six children and also worked and taught classes from time to time.

Early on, she discovered a love for travel and she and her husband took their entire family to Finland, England and Ireland, where they lived for extended periods of time, as well as road trips across America and Europe in their beloved Volkswagen vans.

After Donald’s retirement they both went on to teach in China, Macau, Jordan and Tunisia, during which time they both travelled widely in every country they visited.

Throughout her life she loved architecture, interior design and art. She enjoyed painting and after moving to San Juan island, she joined the Wednesday painting group at the Mullis Center, where she made many friends over the years.

She is survived by her children Craig, Geoffrey, Alison, Keith, Leslie and Nicholas; grandchildren; and her sister Dawn Yorke.

A graveside service was held at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Friday Harbor, on Friday, July 12.

Arrangements made by the Evans Funeral Home of Anacortes.