Sara A. Baxter, 88, homemaker, city social worker

November 01, 2005

Sara A. Baxter, a homemaker and former social worker, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Mount Solon, Va. The former longtime Timonium resident was 88.

She was born and raised Sara Anna Wampler in Port Republic, Va., the daughter of Church of the Brethren missionaries. She grew up in China and lived there until 1936, when she entered the Brethren's Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va. She earned a bachelor's degree in social work there in 1940.

Mrs. Baxter worked for almost a decade as a social worker for the old Department of Public Welfare in Baltimore, until her 1951 marriage to John Elston Baxter II, a project engineer for the Defense Department. He died in 1988.

Mrs. Baxter lived in Timonium for more than 40 years before moving to Mount Solon in 1995. She was a former member of Timonium United Methodist Church.

She was a cat and dog fancier and enjoyed reading mysteries, cooking and collecting cookbooks.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Moscow Church of the Brethren in Mount Solon, where she was a member.

Survivors include a son, John Elston Baxter III of Cumberland; two daughters, Kathryn Baxter Whitten of Mount Solon and Kelly Baxter-Lieske of Millers, Carroll County; two brothers, E. Joseph Wampler of Santa Cruz, Calif., and D. Eugene Wampler of Harleysville, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

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