Bonnie Baker

Bonnie Baker

STATESBORO, Ga. – Ms. Bonnie Jean Baker, 68, died on Monday (May 2, 2011) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The native of Champaign was a 1961 graduate of Urbana High School. She moved to Tallahassee, Fla., and lived there for over 30 years before moving to Statesboro in 2010.

Ms. Baker received her bachelor's and master's degrees in rehabilitation from Florida State University.

She worked with The Easter Seals Foundation, the Leon Center for Independent Living and retired from the Florida Children's Forum as the chief operating officer after 16 years of service. She was an active volunteer with the Averitt Arts Center and was named the Volunteer of the Year for 2011. She was a member of the Evergreen Garden Club and attended the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Henry and Geraldine Clements Baker.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Mike Funk of Statesboro, Ga., and Laura Beth and Adam Cohn of Reston, Va.; six grandchildren, Nathan Funk of Tulsa, Okla., Natalie Funk Cleary of Broken Arrow, Okla., Drew Funk of Statesboro, Ga., and Benjamin Cohn, Maya Cohn and Eliana Cohn, all of Reston, Va.; a sister and brother-in law, Nancy and Charles Christiansen of Statesboro, Ga.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Edward Henry and Sara Baker II of Frisco, Texas.

The visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, Statesboro, Ga.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, with Dr. John Waters officiating.

A celebration of life service will be held in Tallahassee, Fla., at a later date.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 E. Main St., Statesboro, GA 30458.

Friends may sign the online register book at

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.