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Thread started 02/19/02 8:31pm

dutchtreat

Prince's mom passes away at 68

According to Channel 9's Robyn R, Prince's mom, passed away last Friday.

[Thanks lmwp for the update & link below... --Ben]

http://www.startribune.co...36303.html

{{{Mattie Baker, 68, mother of singer Prince, dies
Jon Bream
Star Tribune

Published Feb 20, 2002
Mattie Baker, the mother of rock star Prince and a longtime social worker in the Minneapolis public school system, died Friday at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She was 68. }}}

Her husband, Hayward Baker, said Tuesday that she had been hospitalized for a couple of months, and that she had had a kidney transplant three or four years ago.

"She had gobs of friends," her husband said. "It'll be a big funeral -- five or six limousines."

Baker earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and spent more than 20 years as a social worker at Edison, Franklin, Harrison and other Minneapolis schools. She retired about five years ago.

"She loved working with children," said her daughter, Tyka Nelson.

Wayne Jensen, who worked with Baker at the Harrison Education Center, recalls how wonderful she was when making home visits. "One time there was a parent actually drinking mouthwash," he recalled. "She confronted the parent about how they were taking care of their student. I've never seen anyone like her who could, in a tactful way, talk about caring for their child."

Born Mattie Shaw, she was a singer who joined the Prince Roger Trio in the 1950s. She married the group's keyboardist, John Nelson, quit the band and had two children, Prince and Tyka. After divorcing Nelson, she married Baker 34 years ago, and they had a son, Omarr. They lived in a suburban Minneapolis house that Prince bought for them about 15 years ago.

Members of Prince's organization remember his mom showing up for the big events, such as Twin Cities concerts, his first wedding in 1996 and the premiere of the film "Purple Rain" in Hollywood in 1984.

"I can't believe all the stars," she gushed to the Star Tribune at the premiere as she walked into Mann's Chinese Theater, where Eddie Murphy, Morgan Fairchild, Christopher Reeve and others had turned out.

The quasi-autobiographical movie depicted a tempestuous relationship between the mother and father of the lead character, played by Prince. One of the film's songs, the hit "When Doves Cry," referred to Prince's parents: "Maybe I'm just like my father -- too bold/Maybe you're just like my mother/She's never satisfied."

At John Nelson's funeral in August 2001, Baker was in a wheelchair. She had arthritis in addition to kidney problems, Hayward Baker said.

In addition to her husband and children, survivors include her twin sister, Edna, of Las Vegas, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Baptist Church in north Minneapolis.
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Reply #1 posted 02/19/02 9:11pm

wellbeyond

sad If so, that's very sad news...hang in there, Prince...and many heartfelt condolences...
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Reply #2 posted 02/19/02 9:13pm

SlayerNPG

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I feel so awful. I'm sorry, Prince. My prayers go out to you.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 6, 6...
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Reply #3 posted 02/19/02 9:19pm

AmethystAngel

i'm so sorry.

my thoughts and prayers are with you, prince.
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Reply #4 posted 02/19/02 9:21pm

NPGen2002

It makes sense why the dance party was cancelled last weekend...

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Prince and the NPG family.
KeepThaPartyMovin'!!
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Reply #5 posted 02/19/02 9:28pm

johnny

cry
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Reply #6 posted 02/19/02 9:29pm

purpledarling5
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Awww that's really sad.....much love 2 prince.cry
"I'm all alone n the waiting room"
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Reply #7 posted 02/19/02 9:31pm

Datruth

Keep the resurection in mind my brotha!!
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Reply #8 posted 02/19/02 9:31pm

TheResistor

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Good God! Poor Prince. First his Dad now his mom...Hang in there old soul. I have this nagging urge to go listen to "Sometimes it Snows in April"

For all good things, they say, never last...
rainbow

"...literal people are scary, man
literal people scare me
out there trying to rid the world of its poetry
while getting it wrong fundamentally
down at the church of "look, it says right here, see!" - ani difranco
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Reply #9 posted 02/19/02 9:42pm

CalhounSq

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It is SO very hard to lose someone you love - losing a parent shakes the grip you have on the world.

I don't know why things happen the way they do, but I TRULY cannot imagine losing both of my parents within months of each other.

P, my heart goes out to you - time is the trick that helps us heal. Keep your head up, little baby - you're in my thoughts & prayers... you are loved
"Bonafide is the old deal, fake is the new real"... - Alice Smith!!
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Reply #10 posted 02/19/02 9:45pm

Purpleaxxe

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OHH SHIT!!!! NOW HIS MOTHER, LIFE IS BITCH. I KNOW HE WASN'T SO CLOSE 2 HIS FAMILY SO FAR I KNOW, BUT I KNOW WHAT IS TO LOSE SOMEONE U LOVE LIKE UR MOTHER, SO MY MAJOR CONDOLENCE 2 PRINCE AND HIS FAMILY, HOLD ON SEXY MF, @ LEAST MANI IS WITH HIM IN THIS HARD MOMENT.
BUT LIKE 2PAC SAID LIFE GOES ON, AND PRINCE IS VERY RELIGIOUS SO I THINK THAT WOULD HELP TO GET WELL OF THIS.
PEACE 'N B WILD!I'M REALLY SORRY...
Say it loud eye'm a prince fam and eye'm proud
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Reply #11 posted 02/19/02 9:48pm

QwEsTdeKeV

Prince, if this is true, I would like to offer my condolences 2 U and your family. Remember...U have many fans and we are pulling and praying 4 U. LOVE "yah"
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Reply #12 posted 02/19/02 9:50pm

Aannastesia

How simply sad. Losing both parents in so short a time.
Deepest sympathy....cry
heart life heart Sexy heart u all
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Reply #13 posted 02/19/02 9:57pm

2the9s

My deepest sympathies.
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Reply #14 posted 02/19/02 10:00pm

joeycoco

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may
rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink form the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
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Reply #15 posted 02/19/02 10:01pm

Bootsinox

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Sorry to hear this news! I hope Mr. Nelson is doing well! TAKE CARE & DIEU VOUS GARDE!
SAPERE AUDE!

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Reply #16 posted 02/19/02 10:02pm

RavedIn2

My heartfelt condolences go out to Prince and his family. Losing both parents would be a life altering experience for anyone. Fortunately he has faith in God, plus the support of wife to help him through this difficult time.
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Reply #17 posted 02/19/02 10:05pm

lmwp

here is a link it's official

very sad.....

both parents gone....


http://www.startribune.co...36303.html

Mattie Baker, 68, mother of singer Prince, dies
Jon Bream
Star Tribune

Published Feb 20, 2002
Mattie Baker, the mother of rock star Prince and a longtime social worker in the Minneapolis public school system, died Friday at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She was 68.

Her husband, Hayward Baker, said Tuesday that she had been hospitalized for a couple of months, and that she had had a kidney transplant three or four years ago.

"She had gobs of friends," her husband said. "It'll be a big funeral -- five or six limousines."

Baker earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and spent more than 20 years as a social worker at Edison, Franklin, Harrison and other Minneapolis schools. She retired about five years ago.

"She loved working with children," said her daughter, Tyka Nelson.

Wayne Jensen, who worked with Baker at the Harrison Education Center, recalls how wonderful she was when making home visits. "One time there was a parent actually drinking mouthwash," he recalled. "She confronted the parent about how they were taking care of their student. I've never seen anyone like her who could, in a tactful way, talk about caring for their child."

Born Mattie Shaw, she was a singer who joined the Prince Roger Trio in the 1950s. She married the group's keyboardist, John Nelson, quit the band and had two children, Prince and Tyka. After divorcing Nelson, she married Baker 34 years ago, and they had a son, Omarr. They lived in a suburban Minneapolis house that Prince bought for them about 15 years ago.

Members of Prince's organization remember his mom showing up for the big events, such as Twin Cities concerts, his first wedding in 1996 and the premiere of the film "Purple Rain" in Hollywood in 1984.

"I can't believe all the stars," she gushed to the Star Tribune at the premiere as she walked into Mann's Chinese Theater, where Eddie Murphy, Morgan Fairchild, Christopher Reeve and others had turned out.

The quasi-autobiographical movie depicted a tempestuous relationship between the mother and father of the lead character, played by Prince. One of the film's songs, the hit "When Doves Cry," referred to Prince's parents: "Maybe I'm just like my father -- too bold/Maybe you're just like my mother/She's never satisfied."

At John Nelson's funeral in August 2001, Baker was in a wheelchair. She had arthritis in addition to kidney problems, Hayward Baker said.

In addition to her husband and children, survivors include her twin sister, Edna, of Las Vegas, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Baptist Church in north Minneapolis.
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Reply #18 posted 02/19/02 10:27pm

OneOfFiveWomen

I am truly saddened to learn of Prince's mom's passing. You barely have time to try to heal from one parents' death and now you must deal with another. I know for a fact that both mom and dad are in a better place and that they are smiling down upon you, Prince; no matter what the circumstances were while they were here, they loved you very much and they still do. The Lord will take care of everything until we all meet up again. And we WILL all meet up again. I will say a prayer for you, baby bro, and just know that you never, ever walk alone. God Bless You.
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Reply #19 posted 02/19/02 10:35pm

Christopher

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princey.....i truly dont know what to say....but hang in there man do what you gotta do.
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Reply #20 posted 02/19/02 10:59pm

AlfofMelmak

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Sometimes everything is wrong...

REM - Everybody hurts
You don't scare me; i got kids
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Reply #21 posted 02/19/02 11:04pm

gatorgirl

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To Prince and all whose lives were touched by Mattie:

May God be with you during this hard time, especially Prince and Tyka, who have lost so much in so little time. I will be praying for you all. I pray that comfort will come your way soon and that the joyous memories will come to mind when you think of Mattie. She has now moved on to a place without suffering or pain; a place where she is free. Someday you will see her again....someday.

God Bless you, Mattie. You remain in our hearts until we meet again.

Be strong Prince, be strong and know that you are not ever alone. You have so many people praying for you and sending you love at this time. We love you, sweet brother.
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Reply #22 posted 02/19/02 11:05pm

christracy1

Prince, I am deeply saddened by your loss. I can relate to your pain. Just hang in there. God will take care of everything. You just have to leave it in his hands. Our prayers are with you.
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Reply #23 posted 02/19/02 11:43pm

getwild007

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To all her children and her husband, the most heartfelt of sympathies. It is never easy to lose someone who is so loved. God go with all of u. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say
iwishuheaven
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Reply #24 posted 02/19/02 11:48pm

SweetBaby

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This has been a difficult past year for Prince...My prayers go out to him & his.
~

Although I've seen your wickedness, I still love your effervesence. And I know that loving you don't make no sense, but I guess that's why I like it...
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Reply #25 posted 02/19/02 11:58pm

BlueAgave

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Prince, your own words said it best:

If u ever lose someone dear 2 u
Never say the words, "They're gone"
They'll come back

Tears go here.

Much love to you, sweet baby.
All 7 and we'll watch them fall.
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Reply #26 posted 02/20/02 12:06am

CmputrBlu

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My deepest sympathies as well.


There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death. -Henry W. Longfellow
[This message was edited Wed Feb 20 0:07:51 PST 2002 by CmputrBlu]
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Reply #27 posted 02/20/02 12:33am

DJEmale

Sorry. sad
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Reply #28 posted 02/20/02 1:07am

christophertra
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I am very sorry 4 ur loss!!
"Everybody's looking 4 the ladder, everybody wants salvation of the soul. The steps u take r no easy road. But the reward is great 4 those who want 2 go.."
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Reply #29 posted 02/20/02 1:19am

VINCENT

All my thoughts are with you and your family.
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