Willie Ann Hensley “Jill” Baker, age 69, passed from this life on February 21, 2014. She died peacefully in her sleep at home after an extended battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Jill as she liked to be called Baker, was born on March 31, 1944 in Hohenwald, Tennessee to Luther and Mary Cotham Hensley, both whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by three brothers; Luther Jr. Hensley, Ed Hensley, and Robert Hensley.
On December 28, 1963, she married Don Baker, also of Hohenwald, Tennessee. Don and Jill Baker moved to Waverly, Tennessee after they were married and raised their family there. Surviving are her husband as well as sons; Darryl R. Baker and wife Pippa of Columbia, Tennessee, Scott D. Baker and wife Dena of Waverly, Tennessee, and Danny L. Baker and wife Andrea of Waverly, Tennessee. Jill also is survived by five grandsons; Daniel Baker of McEwen, Tennessee, Cameron Baker of Memphis, Tennessee, Jackson Baker of Douglasville, Georgia, Garrett Baker of Waverly, Tennessee, and Graham Baker of Waverly, Tennessee. She is also survived by three sisters and two brothers; Sue Harlow and Martha Hensley of Centerville, Tennessee, Nancy Spears of Hohenwald, Tennessee, Donald Hensley of Hohenwald, Tennessee, and David Hensley of New Johnsonville, Tennessee. Additionally, she has two step-grandchildren; Morgan Turner and Tyler Turner and wife Crystal of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as a step great-grandchild Audrey Turner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is also survived by a special sister-in-law; Faye Grover of Florence, Alabama. She also has several nieces and nephews. Special caregivers are Karen McIllwain, Christina Collier, and Cheryl Moran. Jill Baker was a member of the Wildwood Valley Church of Christ. She worked with the U.S. Postal Service and retired from there after many years as a Postal Carrier in Waverly, Tennessee. Jill Baker also served her community through her volunteer work with the Meals on Wheels program. Jill was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. Per her wishes, Jill Baker was cremated and a family service will be held at the gravesite at a later date. She also expressed that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York 10018. Donations to this foundation can also be made by phone at: 1-800-457-6676 or online at: http://www.pdf.org.