Betty Duke Christley Baker

Published 9:43 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Betty Duke Christley Baker went to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2014.

She was 84 years old. She was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Junior Christley and George H. Baker; her parents, John F. Duke Sr. and Pearl E. Duke; brothers, Vernon E. Duke and Milton E. Duke.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Roger Fowler; grandsons and their wives, Todd and Jenny Fowler, Chad and Dana Fowler; and great-grandchildren Gavin, Emily, Bryce and Peyton, all of Suffolk; and sister, Barbara D. Hyman, of Portsmouth; a brother, John F. Duke, of Richmond; and a beloved sister-in-law, Frances L. Duke, of Suffolk; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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Betty lived her entire life in Nansemond County and Suffolk. For more than 50 years, Betty was an active member of Bethlehem Christian Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher of the second-year primary class for many, many years. She also served on the Board of Christian Education and Deaconess Board. She was a very active member of the Women’s Fellowship and the Molly Savage Circle serving in many capacities.

Betty was very active in the Girl Scout program in the area and instrumental in organizing the original Scout troop at Bethlehem Christian Church. After going to live with her daughter, she faithfully attended Somerton United Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA 23434, with the Rev. Rebecca Gwaltney officiating, with burial to follow in Holly Lawn Cemetery, Suffolk. Family will be at the home of Betty and Roger Fowler. Condolences may be registered online at