OBITUARY: Dana Gay Baker


Dana Gay Baker, age 57 of Burns, Tennessee passed away on Friday, March 17, 2023, at her residence.

Dana was born October 8, 1965, in Dickson, TN, to the late Charles Neil and Betty Jean (McIllwain) Gillum.

She had a wonderful free spirit and was happy-go-lucky. She loved her fur babies, Cooper and Sadie. She had a wonderful work ethic and was very independent. She was also very funny, witty, compassionate and would make you laugh without even trying.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her fur baby, Bailey; parents-in-law, Donald, and Willie Ruth Baker; nephew, Wes Sims; brother-in-law, Mark Baker; paternal grandparents, Floyd and Mable Gillum; maternal grandparents, Cooley and Opal McIllwain.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Darryl Baker of Burns, TN; fur babies, Cooper and Sadie; three sisters, Rita (David) Estes of Burns, TN, Joy (Bert) Newberry of Dickson, TN, and Lori (Jeff) Barber of Burns, TN; brothers-in-law, Wade (Sheryl) Baker, Tim (Wanda) Baker, and Terry (Senita) Baker; nieces and nephews, Daniele (Scottie) Dotson, Risa Sims, Jaime (Lacey) Patterson, Jeffery (Kendel) Barber, Kyle (Amy) Baker, Caleb (Ashlee) Baker, Bryce Baker, Bradley Baker, Kara (Jason) Baker, Rachel Baker, Morgan (Eric) Rees; and great-nieces and nephews, Taylor (Connor) Sims, Isaak Sims, Ellie Sims, Brice Barber, M.J. Barber, Mac Barber, Mila Barber, Kaiden Baker, Brooks Baker, Campbell Baker, Grayson Baker, Baker Rees, Clifton Crummer and Clara Crummer.

Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 20, 2023 at Dickson Funeral Home from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m.; and will resume on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in the Chapel of Dickson Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Dickson County Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dickson County Humane Society.

Online condolences may be left at

Services are under the direction of Dickson Funeral Home & Cremation Center.


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