Andrea Wind Baker,77, passed away peacefully August 9, 2022, at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest in Waco, Texas with her beloved husband by her side. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, August 12, 2022, at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.
Born June 10, 1945, in Charlotte, NC to Andrew E. Wind and Erin Balkcom Wind, Andi grew up in Huntersville, NC before relocating to Birmingham. In Alabama, she attended and graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1963. She also met the love of her life, Charlie.
In 1963, Andi and Charlie plighted each other their troth in marriage for a lifetime in a lovely service in Birmingham. They were happily married for 59 years and served together as members of Green Valley Baptist Church in Hoover, AL. Andi particularly enjoyed working with youth, singing in choir, playing handbells, and teaching ceramics. After moving to Waco, Texas, she joined First Woodway Baptist Church where she taught youth in handbells and continued to sing in choir for several years. Andi enjoyed a variety of activities such as playing Bridge and Pinochle, but hospitality was her greatest gift. She welcomed everyone into her home as family. She was a talented home chef and used that talent in her hospitality. She could never hear of people displaced at Thanksgiving or even any random evening without welcoming them in and offering them a home-cooked meal. She was a gentle, kind, and generous mother with her time and talents, and she was a safe haven and warm welcome to every grandchild and all of their friends. She also held a great fondness for a variety of dogs and even a few cats throughout her life. She lived her life with integrity and demonstrated the generous graciousness of Jesus to all she encountered.
Andi was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew E. Wind and Erin Balkcom Wind; sister, Barbara Wind Williams; brothers-in law, Robert Kendall, Edmond P Blackwell, and Howard Ray Baker; sisters-in-law, Lynda (Baker) Blackwell and Martha Baker; and niece, Laura Lee Blackwell Fulton.
Andrea Wind Baker is survived by her husband, Charles Edwards Baker of Waco, Texas; children, Charles Edwards (Eddie) Baker, II and wife, Dyana, Susan Baker Price and husband, Brian, and Andrew John Baker and wife, Rebecca of Waco, Texas; brother, Stephen Allen Wind and wife, Mitzi of Jacksonville, Flordia; sister-in-law, Beverly Baker Kendall of Bessemer, Alabama; grandchildren, Samantha Baker Penney and husband, Michael, Erika Kerl Mason and husband, Tate, Charles David Baker, Brianna Price Johnson and husband, Samuel, Braeden M. Price and wife, Katelyn, Brinley M. Price and fiancé, Luke Rodman, A.J. Baker and wife, Kelsie, Jordan M. Baker; great-grandchildren, Adira Baker, Margaret Johnson, and Juliana Johnson; and nieces and nephews, Edmond P. Blackwell, Jr. and wife, Kristi, Kelly Kendall, Brian Schrader, Kyle Schrader, Stephanie Wind Piner and husband, Benjamin, Stacy Wind Shuster and husband, Jeremy, Paul Wind and wife, Carrie, Ali Wind Johnson and husband, Nathan, John Baker and wife, Shelley; and numerous other relatives and friends..
In lieu of flowers, please consider an offering in Andi’s honor to St. Jude at https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html
The family wishes to extend their gratitude for the outstanding and compassionate care Andi received at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest in Waco. We sincerely thank them along with the many other fine medical professionals who cared for her throughout the years. We remember with particular fondness, Dr. John Speckmeiar (dec).
Andi trusted Jesus as her Savior and her Lord. Because Jesus sacrificed Himself for her, and she trusted in His atoning gift completely, we have no worry or fear or doubt that she is with Him today.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18