Amanda Jane Baker, aged 61, of Madison passed away peacefully at home March 9th, 2021 in the company of her beloved husband Joseph (Joe) Maxey Baker, and sister Gina Patricia Stead.
Amanda Jane (also known as Mandy or Lala to her UK family and AJ to her US family) was born on June 20th, 1959 in Manchester, England, the second of 4 daughters for Norman Frederick (Slim) Lydon and Margaret Patricia (Pat) Lomas. Mandy spent her first 40 years living in the UK, travelling extensively and building a career in Public Relations and Event Management.
She then met her soulmate Joe, they married on April 22, 2000 at ST. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Madison, MS, and 'AJ' moved to Biloxi, MS to be with him and his three beautiful daughters. For the last 4.5 years of her wonderful, joyous life, AJ battled stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She became a strong advocate for pancreatic cancer awareness and supported many new acquaintances on pancreatic cancer support sites through difficult times.
She is preceded in death by her father Slim, and Joe's parents Joseph M. and Blanche Baker, Sr.
She is survived by her husband Joe, daughters Jacqueline (Zach) Lewis, Jenna Marie Baker, and Jane-Claire (Dwight) Davison, her mother Pat, her sisters Margaret, Wendy and Gina (Andrew), her nephews Neil (Stacey), James and Sam, her niece Gabi (Liam), her grandchildren Cade and Eliza Lewis and Preston Davison, her great nephews and nieces Callum, Keelan, Kadi, Alesha, Kenzie, Junior and Ollie, and many much-loved aunts, uncles and cousins. The Celebration of Life ceremony was held March 21, 202 at ST. Matthew's United Methodist Church. Interment was in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial donations in her name be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) at www.pancan.org or if in the UK, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at www.justgiving.com/pancreaticcancer.