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Geraldine (Gerry) Baker-Little Obituary

Geraldine (Gerry) Baker-Little passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

Geraldine (Gerry) Baker-Little passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. 

Geraldine Baker-Little was born Nov. 22, 1942, in Oklahoma City. Geraldine is the daughter of William R. and Louise Baker.  She has a brother, Nat Baker. Gerry married William V. Harris in 1962 and they had one son, Neil W. Harris.

Gerry loved education and teaching as well as playing the piano. She was a high school English teacher throughout most of her career. During her career she obtained two Masters degrees. After retiring from the public school system, she went to Oklahoma State University and obtained her final Masters, concentrating on the Osage language as a 2nd language. After this, she tutored students and served as a substitute teacher. She loved working with children and broadening their horizons.

Gerry married Stephen Loy Little on June 23, 1989. They spent the rest of their time together and affectionately referred to each other as “Pups.” Gerry was an avid reader and enjoyed learning about her Osage heritage. She was very interested in her Osage heritage and eventually moved to Pawhuska where she lived for the past 23 years before being moved to Medicalodges nursing home in Dewey, Okla., this past September 2023.

Gerry is survived by her husband, Stephen of Medicalodges-Dewey; her bother, Nat Baker of Oklahoma City; and her son, Neil Harris and his wife, Traci of Enid, Okla. Gerry has three grandchildren, Danielle Covalt and husband Justin, Scott Harris and his wife Lacey and Brandon Harris and his wife Shelbi. She has five great-grandchildren: Riley and Madison Covalt, Avery and Emma Harris, and Bennett Harris.

There will be no service and a private family burial later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given in her honor to Cornerstone Hospice, 501 E. 5th St., Bartlesville, OK 74003.     


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

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Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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