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Nancy Edwards Baker

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June 7, 1935 — Nov. 6, 2019

Nancy Edwards Baker, 84, of Wilson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson.

The family received friends from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home located at 2704 Nash St. N., Wilson.

Nancy was born in Johnston County, the daughter of the late Leon and Flossie Woodall Edwards. She graduated from Kenly High School and furthered her education at Wilson Community College and the Christian Writers Institute. Nancy worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a longtime member of First Free Will Baptist Church, now Connect Church, and worked in many positions in various organizations of the church. Nancy’s hobbies included writing, gardening and needlework. She demonstrated her spirituality in day-to-day actions with others and was a good friend to people of all ages. Nancy was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Surviving are her son, Jay Matthews (Vicki Huffman) of Bridgeport, West Virginia; one stepson, Greg Baker (Lynn) of Sims; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Matthews of Flower Mound, Texas; one brother, Leon Edwards Jr. (Grace) of Arnold, Maryland; three sisters, Louise Forehand of Chesapeake, Virginia, Bernice Sullivan (Vernon) of Ferrum, Virginia, and Carolyn Jewell (Bob) of Richmond, Virginia; five step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 11 years, Franklin “Bud” Baker; husband of 42 years, Royce Matthews; a son, Ricky Matthews; a stepson, Larry Baker; and two sisters, Juanita Edwards Aycock and Beatrice Edwards Whitehurst.

Flowers are welcome and memorials may be directed to the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home of Middlesex, P.O. Box 249, Middlesex, NC 27557 or Hospice of Wilson, 2130 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, NC 27893.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson. Online condolences may be sent to