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Patricia “Joan” Baker

Mrs. Patricia “Joan” Baker, age 74, passed away, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born April 19, 1949, to Bo Johnson and Mary Kesterson.

Joan was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She took great care of her husband Larry and her kids, even after her kids were grown and married. She was a great cook, even though she didn’t necessarily enjoy it. She loved sharing her recipes, and jigsaw puzzles. She greatly enjoyed talking to her sister Sheila, and she would often say that “they shared each other’s thoughts.” Above all else, Joan loved her family dearly.

She is preceded in death by her father, Bo Johnson; sister, Brenda Thomas; and by her son-in-law, Robert Morgan. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Larry Joe Baker of Mena, Arkansas; daughter; Tonya Puckett and husband John of Mena, Arkansas; son, Terry Baker and wife Dottie of Mena, Arkansas; mother and stepfather, Mary and Vaughn Kesterson of Mount Ida, Arkansas; sister, Sheila Johnson of Mount Ida, Arkansas; brothers, Tad Kesterson and wife, Phyllis of Mount Ida, Arkansas, Kipp Kesterson and wife, Carla of Magnet Cove, Arkansas, Blue Kesterson and wife, Stephanie of Malvern, Arkansas; grandsons, Josh Baker and wife Halee of Mena, Arkansas, TJ Baker and wife Torrey of Fort Smith, Arkansas; granddaughters, Robin Cirkles and husband Davey of Gillham, Arkansas, Ashley Barton and husband BJ of Mena, Arkansas, Kelsey Hobbs and husband, Sam of Dierks, Arkansas, Hanna Burk and husband Dustin of Cove, Arkansas; 14 great-grandchildren, Braedyn, Lily, Zavery, Sophia, Maylie, Kooper, Morgan, Mia, Jessa, Bentley, Colton, Brynley, Hollis, and Bennett.

Services for Mrs. Joan Baker will be held, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, at 1:00 p.m. Brother Donnie Jewell and Brother Lewis Martin will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Josh Baker, T.J. Baker, Davey Cirkles, B.J. Barton, Tad Kesterson, and Kipp Kesterson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Braedyn Barton, Colton Baker, and Blue Kesterson.

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