She was born March 11, 1946, in Gladstone, Michigan, to Stewart and Viola Baker. Stewart Baker was Winter Garden’s only fallen firefighter in the line of duty.
She was a proud member of the West Orange Park Community Church. She was a retired sales representative of Universal Studios of Florida. She became a citizen of Winter Garden in 1959, when her family established residency from Michigan in 1959, when she was 13.
In the following year, she met the love of a lifetime, her husband, Jerry Lee Hall. They were married 44 years upon his death in 2007. She was an exceptional devoted, loyal and loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, niece and friend. She will be immeasurably missed by her survivors until she greets them at heaven’s gate.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sisters, Joyce Baker Peters and Mary Jean Baker.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry S. and Kim Roper Hall, of Winter Garden, and James L. and Stephanie Hall, of Winter Garden. She was also blessed with four grandchildren, Nicole Lee, Alysia Frances, Kayla Paige and Shane Alexander Hall; four wonderful great-grandchildren; two sisters and brother-in-law, Karol and Bob Respress, of Mt. Dora, and Peggy Sumner, of Winter Garden; her uncle and aunt, Bud and Pat Counterman, of Panama City; Marianne Counterman of Pentwater, Michigan; and several loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, in Winter Garden. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Following the service, Rita will be laid to rest at the Winter Garden Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the family at dignitymemorial.com.