Terry Baker
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A retired York County employee who moved to Wyoming earlier this year has died there from injuries she suffered in a car crash.

Terry (Fleck) Baker, 63, of Moorcroft, Wyo., was pronounced dead Thursday night at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in nearby Gillette, according to the Campbell County Coroner's Office.

"We know she's with God," said her twin sister, Vickie Livelsberger of Spring Grove. "That we have no doubt about."

The crash happened Thursday on Shipwheel Road in Crook County, Wyo., according to the coroner's office. Baker was brought into the hospital emergency room at 6:10 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

Undersheriff Tom Adams of the Crook County Sheriff's Office said the crash remains under investigation. He did not release details about it.

Baker had been visiting her stepdaughter and was driving home when she crashed, according to her sister.

"It was a narrow road, and she went up over the crest of a hill," Livelsberger said.

Embankment: Baker tried to move to the right in case of oncoming vehicles and apparently lost control in loose gravel, causing her vehicle to plummet down a steep embankment, according to Livelsberger.

"I laid awake all night after I got the phone call," the twin said. "She was always my second half. We were a whole, and now she's gone."

Baker's retirement was all about moving to Wyoming and getting to know her grandchildren there, Livelsberger said.

"She only got to be out there for 6-1/2 months, but she was happy, and that's the important thing," Livelsberger said.

Local funeral services are still being planned and will be announced later, she said.

Judge mourns: York County Common Pleas Judge Sheryl Ann Dorney and Baker were best friends for nearly 40 years.

"We are stunned and shocked," Dorney said. "We're numb. It's surreal."

The two spoke nearly every day.

"We were incredibly close," she said. "I was pretty much a member of their family."

They met in the late 1960s when Dorney became a prosecutor for the York County District Attorney's Office, where Baker was office administrator.

Work history: Baker worked in the DA's office from 1969 to 1984, when she left to work for local attorney Dorothy Livaditis, according to current York County Court Administrator Tom Roberts.

She remained with Livaditis until 1995. In June of that year, she began working for the court administrator's office, he said.

On Jan. 1, 2000, she was promoted to deputy court administrator -- which actually is a state-paid job, not a county job -- and remained in that position until she retired on March 30, Roberts said.

For a brief period during that time, she served as acting court administrator after previous court administrator Bob Chuk retired and before Roberts was hired to replace him.

The 'glue': "Terry Baker had an extreme work ethic. She was the glue that held court administration together," Roberts said. "She was a workhorse and very dedicated."

Jen Reider, current deputy court administrator, said Baker was gracious, kind and giving.

"She was always authentic, always genuine," Reider said. "People respected her a great deal. They knew what she stood for."

Baker "went above and beyond what she was required to do, but she always did it with a personal touch."

Devout: Baker was a devout Christian and a member of First Assembly of God, 2270 N. Susquehanna Trail. She taught the church's Missionettes, a youth group for girls, according to Livelsberger.

She was the wife of the late Ray Baker and was raised in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County.

In addition to Livelsberger, Baker is survived by sisters Judy Groff of Seven Valleys and Betsy Rebuck of York; brother Mike Fleck of Mount Joy; two stepchildren and five grandchildren.

Baker enjoyed reading, the judge said, primarily the Bible and Christian books.

"She was a loyal, loving friend who'd do anything for anybody," Dorney said. "We did most everything together."

That included traveling extensively around the Unites States by car, according to the judge.

Big move: Baker moved to Wyoming on April 15, where three of her five grandchildren live, according to Dorney.

Like Dorney, Baker was a dog lover.

"I got her her first dog, which was a Brittany spaniel," Dorney recalled.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.