Maxine Hazel Wheatcroft of Manhattan Beach, Calif., passed away peacefully at her family home since 1957 on July 22, 2018 ,at the age of 90 surrounded by her family and dog, Molly. She was born May 19, 1928, in Los Angeles to Hazel Beatrice Treaster and Pinckney William Baker. She was the youngest and last surviving of her siblings: P.W. Buck Baker, Jr., Racine Bell, and James W. Baker. In search of a better life, the Baker family left Oklahoma in the 1920s. They stopped briefly in Arizona where they grew watermelons and picked cotton. Eventually they settled in Glendale, Calif., by the riverbed in "Tooner-ville."
Maxine married her John Marshall High School sweetheart, George Wheatcroft, in 1948. During their courtship, he taught her how to drive in a roadster using the two foot racing method up and down the hills of Echo Park. Four years after they married at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale, their first child, Linda, was born in 1952. In 1953, Craig was born. Maxine and George settled their family in Manhattan Beach in 1957. She was an active Girl Scout Leader and Little League Baseball Team Parent. Maxine worked at Grandview Elementary School cafeteria in the early 1960s. Her husband, George, passed at their Manhattan Beach home in 1985. Maxine retired in 1988 from the Manhattan Beach School District as Cafeteria Manager. She moved to Cedaredge, Colo., to be close to her brother, Buck, and her new home on Surface Creek. She loved arranging fresh and silk flowers. She traveled the area antiquing and collecting glassware. In 1991, she bought the historic "Garnethurst" house in Delta, Colo., where she resided for over 20 years. She was a member of the Friends of the Library and on the Board of Directors for the Delta County Museum.
Due to deteriorating health, she returned back to California in 2013. Like Mickey Mouse who was also born in 1928, "Aunt Mackey" was much loved by those who spent time with her. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Joyce Wheatcroft (Jay Ireland) and grandson, Shane Loftis (Maria Saiz-Loftis) of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and son, George Craig Wheatcroft of Carlsbad, Calif., and grandchildren, Kyle, Alissa, Derek, and Rochelle: and four great-grandchildren, Logan, Evan, Katie, and Travis.
Memorial donations may be made to your local Alzheimer's Foundation.
Inurnment will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Memorial Park in Los Angeles, Calif. in the Columbarium of Tranquil Memories in the Court of Remembrance. A Celebration of Maxine Hazel Wheatcroft's Life and reception will be held immediately following at 3:30 p.m. at the Baker-Davis home in Sherwood Forest. Any inquiries can be directed to: Jeff Baker of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary at (818) 430-6144.
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