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Mary Mozelle Barfield Baker

Mary Mozelle Barfield Baker
  • June 27, 1926 - October 16, 2019
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • MUSC Children's Hospital Foundation, Pediatric Division
    18 Bee Street, MSC 450
    Charleston, SC 29425
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • First United Methodist Church
    12 21st Avenue
    Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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“Our condolences on the passing of Aunt Mozelle. We will remember our visits and her kindness to our family. Sending hugs. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Anthony & Cindy Minetti - Tampa, FL

“So sorry for the loss of your Mother, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Susie Myatt Schwertfeger - SC

“Tommy, very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It's always the toughest losing a mother. Hope you are doing well. May she rest in peace. Your...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jerome Riols - Ridgeville, SC

“Aunt Mozelle was an inspiration to me. A true Southern Lady. Hugs to all my cousins. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bee Puryear - Roxboro, NC

“Sincere condolences for the loss of such a special love one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nick, Marie and Ashley Thompson ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Marie Thompson - Wadmalaw Island, SC

“Betty and family,Mrs.Baker was like a second mother to me.She was a kind and giving woman.I loved her very much.I have and will not ever forget her...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jean and Rick McClary - GA

“Tommy and Vickie, we saw your mother on many occasions and she was indeed a lovely person. Bill and I will hold you and your family close and keep...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Tomi Youngblood - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Remember her lovingly as a sister in the Order of the Eastern Star. I was blessed to have known her and RD. Sandra Smith ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: SANDRA SMITH - Hanahan, SC

“I wish I had the words to tell you how sorry I am for you and your family. In time you all will heal. Just dosen't Seem so right now. I remember your...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: thomas steven - summerville, SC

“I worked as a switchboard operator (my 1st real job) under Mrs. Baker in the late 60s. She was everything so eloquently put in her obituary and more....Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Marion Burgess - Charleston, SC

“My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mary was a treasure in my life & I will miss her love and friendship. May God Bless her family & give them peace &...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lori Bauer - Mt Pleasant, SC

“So glad to have known her ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Waddell - Greenville, SC


Mary Mozelle Barfield Baker, 93, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Oct. 16, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones, after living the life of a steel magnolia.

Born in Scranton, S.C., June 27, 1926, she is the daughter of Nathan and Annie Osbourne Barfield and was sister to Gladys King, Oree Ervin, Hill Barfield and Merritt Barfield (all predeceased). She was a very patient and loving wife to Randolph DeLeon Baker from 1942 until his passing in 2002. Mary and R.D. are survived by their four children and their spouses, Randolph "Randy" DeLeon Baker, Jr. (Cathy), Patricia Baker Brown (Emory), Tommy Barfield Baker (Vickie), and Betty Jean Baker (Norman). She is also survived by 11 devoted and adored nieces and nephews, cousins near and far, plus an ever-growing and loving brood of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, including Larry "Skeeter" Brown (Joey, Jordan, Sophia and Ava); Theresa Annette Waddell (Jeff, Jeffrey, Micah, Layla, Corbyn, Coltyn, and Ashley, Nick, Lincoln and Jackson Strayer); Randolph DeLeon Baker, III, "Trey" (Rachael and John Henry), Allison Brown Barry (Tom and Lexi); Mary Catherine Chance (Charlie, Cleary and Cat); Tracy Woolwine Hart (Greg, Annie and Alex); David Glenn Woolwine, Jr. (Heather, Jessica, Bodie and Ronan); Cassie Baker Mizell (Mark, Baker, Jay and Mason); Katie Madison Baker (Waylon); and Harrison Baker.

Mary attended Scranton High School and was a beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend, known for her fundamental kindness, deep love of her family, intelligence, quick wit, generosity and compassion. She shared herself with the world in all of these roles and more; she loved serving the Lord as a pillar of her church community, forever ready with a warm word, an offer to help or an idea to make things better for all. She served local communities around the state as a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star, and often spoke fondly of her time as a volunteer in the MUSC Children's Hospital rocking and cuddling babies who needed her love. She delivered a nice sized crack into the proverbial 1970s glass ceiling when she became the first female manager of operator service at Southern Bell, a telephone company now known as BellSouth/AT&T.

If you ever had the pleasure of loving, knowing or meeting Mary, then you know what it's like to bask in the special and warm light that only she could produce; in fact, she was so good at welcoming new acquaintances, the tag-a-long best friends of grandchildren, and demonstrating daily what love really means, that at last count, there are thousands of people across the state who continue to claim that they were, in fact, her actual "favorite." Two people we know for sure who can claim that title are Janie Washington, her dear friend and caregiver, and Eddie Washington, who kept her on time, in style and safe.

Famous for organizing lake and river house retreats duly noted in Baker family history as some of the best of times, Mary was also quick to seize opportunities for "cousin pile" sleepovers, road trips, Sunday family dinners and holiday gatherings. Her back tickles and cuddles were legendary. Although she will be desperately missed by all those whose lives she touched, we will be forever grateful to have had as much time with this beautiful angel as we did.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mary's memory to the MUSC Children's Fund (https://givenow.musckids.org/), the Roper St. Francis Hospice Cottage (https://www.rsfhfoundation.org/or to the First United Methodist Church (https://www.iopmethodist.com/online-giving).

A visitation will be held at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd., on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A memorial service and celebration of Mary's life will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 12 21st Street, Isle of Palms.