We just returned home from the temple when the phone rang. It was Becca Boulware informing us that Heidi Baker passed away a few minutes earlier. I talked to Matt, Heidi’s husband, and he invited me over to help give him a priesthood blessing.
I got there and found Matt, Sarah, DD and Sue Harris there along with Becca and her sister (DD’s daughters). Understandably, Matt was quite torn up. We sat around and talked until Don (one of Matt’s co-workers) came over with his wife and son, Noah.
Don, DD and I gave Matt a blessing. Around that time the guys from the funeral home arrived. They were loading Heidi’s body in to the hearse as I was leaving.
From her obituary…
Palmyra: Passed away, with her family by her side, on Tuesday evening March 21, 2017 at the age of 50. Heidi was born to James and Georgia “Smith” Hippen in Murray, Utah on June 30, 1966. She is predeceased by a nephew. She is survived by her spouse Matthew J. Baker; parents, James C. and Georgia A. Hippen; siblings; Lyle (Marcia), Eric (Ginette), Heather (Nathan) Merrill, Holly (Rob) Monson, Hillory, Seth (Karalenn) and Hanna (Eran) Bair; son, Scott O. (Emily) Miller; daughter, Sarah T. Baker; eleven nieces; eight nephews; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Heidi, Owen and William; extended family and friends.
Heidi had been a resident of Palmyra for the past eleven years. She graduated with her major in English and went on to obtain her master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University. She loved to write and enjoyed literature. She loved drama and enjoyed going to shows with her husband Matt. Heidi was a member of the LDS church and had been a missionary in Georgia. She had a passion for education. Heidi was also a homemaker and enjoyed doing crafts. She researched duct tape crafts and found instructional video on youtube. Wallets, purses and flowers were some examples of the projects she had with duct tape. Heidi fought kidney disease from the time she was in her late teens. She survived three kidney transplants. Heidi will be missed but she has left behind a legacy that will remain with her family and friends for the rest of their lives.
Times Like This
Times like this it is natural to be sad, but we are also relieved that Heidi is finally unbound from her mortal body. She was such a fighter there were times I thought she might surprise us and outlive many of us.