Debra Ann Baker was born on March 23, 1960 in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from South Oak Cliff High School and then continued her education at Cedar Valley College before pursuing her professional career with the Dallas Independent School District for 24 spectacular years. During her teaching years, she wore many hats. She worked as Supervisor over the after-school program for 18 years, won Teachers Assistant of the Year for 3 years in a row, and most of all she left a loving and caring impression on so many from the staff and students, all the way to the parents. Debra also embarked on a culinary journey and opened her own restaurant called, “Daniels BBQ”.
She truly lived her life to the fullest through simple pleasures; spending time with family, cooking (and we all know about her famous dressing and banana pudding), and most of all visiting the casino. Debra had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep yet positive way. Her contagious and jolly laugh will be missed but most important, she will deeply be missed by her family, friends, school staff/students, and all who knew her.
Debra is survived by her daughters, Artura Baker, De’Andria Baker, and O’sharrah Daniel; grandchildren, Diamond Fisher, Stacey Stevenson, Jr., Kathryn Stevenson, and Jalah Jones; great grandchildren, Kyla and Karmen (Nana’s Girl) Thomas, along with a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends that loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, O’Hara Daniel after 19 years.
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