Judi, as she was known to friends and family, was born on June 28, 1950 to mother Edith Jones and father Elliott Jones. She grew up in the coastal area of Princess Anne County, Va. with her parents, older sister and younger brother.
She attended Ferrum College where she met her future husband Edward (Eddie) Baker and earned her Associate’s degree. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English at Radford University and later, a Master Gardener certification through Virginia Tech.
Eddie and Judi settled in Blacksburg and raised their family. Judi was known as an accomplished writer, master gardener, creative quilter/seamstress and equine (dressage) enthusiast. Her reserved manner was often offset by an entertaining, wry sense of humor to those who knew her. She was a loving mom and adoring, supportive partner to Eddie. She was most recently living her dream building her horse boarding business on the family farm in Riner.
Judith was predeceased by her mother, Edith, and father, Elliott Jones; her father-in-law, Vernon Baker; and her daughter Alison Baker. Judith is survived her loving family: her husband of 50 years, Eddie Baker; her daughter, Diane Baker; her son, Alan Baker and his wife, Audrey; and her daughter, Michelle Hall and her husband, Seth, of Blacksburg. She is also survived by her sister, Josephine Jones, and her brother, John Jones of Virginia Beach; her mother-in-law, Virginia Baker, of Blacksburg, and extended family.
A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, from 1 to 2 p.m., at McCoy Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow in the McCoy Chapel. Masking is encouraged. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a memorial donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance at https://www.ocrahope.org.