Margaret Baker lives in Litchfield Park. She has deep roots in both Maricopa County and Pinal County. Her mother, Margaret Helen Gass, was born in Phoenix in 1914 and her father, John Carroll Truman, was born in Florence in 1909. All her grandparents and several of her great-grandparents, including Mexican ancestors, lived in Arizona during Territorial days.
Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University College of Business with honors, 1964. She was active in student affairs and selected for Outstanding Students in American Universities and Colleges. While living in Yuma after marrying, she was selected for Outstanding Young Women in America for her volunteer activities. She has been married since 1961 to Larry Dean Baker, a native of Buckeye, Arizona, who is now a retired banker and small business owner; they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Margaret was selected in 1983 for Valley Leadership, Class VII, and has held elective or appointive positions in health care, public education, and municipal government. During 2015-2016, Margaret served as president of the Historical League, Inc., the support group for the Arizona Historical Society museum in Tempe. She has served on that board of directors for more than 20 years.
A member of The First Families of Arizona for many years, Margaret volunteered to serve as recording secretary in December 2012 and has continued in that position.
Article © November 2016 by Margaret Truman Baker. Used
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