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Valnita Rae (Anderson) Baker

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Valnita Rae Baker, who departed this world on

February 3, 2024. Born on September 21, 1936, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Val spent her childhood in

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Rapid City, where she graduated from Rapid City High School in 1954. She continued her education at

the National School of Business before embarking on a beautiful journey of love and family.

On October 16, 1954, Valnita exchanged vows with Roland Baker, beginning a union that would last 63

years until Roland’s passing. Together, they ventured to China Lake, California, where Roland pursued

his career as a Mechanical Engineer. Val briefly worked at NOTS before dedicating herself to being a

devoted stay-at-home mother to their two children, Rollie and Rhonda. Her nurturing spirit guided her

to become actively involved in their upbringing, from teaching Sunday school to leading Cub Scouts and

Brownie Scouts activities and being their biggest supporter in all their endeavors.

Val’s love for music led her to sing in the Grace Lutheran choir for several years and participate in

community performances of Handel’s Messiah during the Christmas season, bringing joy to all who

heard her voice. In 1973, the family relocated to Ridgecrest, California, where Val joined the Sierra Sands

Unified School District as a secretary in 1974, serving diligently until her retirement in 1991.

In her retirement years, Val found immense joy in spending time with her beloved grandchildren and

great-grandchildren, fulfilling a long-held desire to shower them with love and affection. Her kindness,

generosity, and unwavering love touched the lives of all who knew her.

Valnita was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Baker, her son, Roland and Robin Baker Jr., and

her daughter, Rhonda Rae Capron. While we mourn her passing, we find solace in the countless

memories she leaves behind and the love that will continue to guide us.

Valnita is survived by her sisters, Marla Larson and Darlene Anderson of Long Beach, CA; her grandson

Justin Agee and Veronica Alcala, of Bakersfield, CA, and her granddaughters Amber and Matthew Timour, of

Virginia, and Jessica and Thomas O’Connor of Virginia. As well as grandsons Billy and Vada Capron, Josh,

Jake, Jason, Jeff, and granddaughter Jenna. Her legacy also lives on through her great-grandchildren:

Angel, Elijah, Brandon, Isaiah, Levi, Ava, Emma, Evelyn, Katie, Kallie, and Caleb. She is also survived by

Son-in-law Dave and Melody Adair, Bill and Deborah Capron, and dear family friends Renda and Mike

Childers, Shadia, and Alan Smith. Their lives are a testament to the love and warmth she shared with

each generation of her family. Her spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those she leaves behind.

A celebration of Valnita’s life will be held on March 16th, 2024, at The Lighthouse, 111 N. Balsam,

Ridgecrest, CA, to honor her memory and the indelible mark she left on the hearts of those who were

fortunate enough to know her. Her celebration of life will commence at 11:00 am, followed by a

graveside service and reception. May she rest in eternal peace, reunited with her loved ones who went

before her.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lighthouse to support their many outreach programs.