Christa Beverly, wife of #MDGov Dem candidate Rushern Baker, has passed away after a decade-long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. #Alzheimers in total is a terrible disease, but early-onset is just the cruelest. Much sympathy to their family.
We’re sad to share the news that Christa Beverly Baker, wife of former Prince George’s County Executive and former NCA Chapter Board Member Rushern L. Baker @CountyExecBaker, passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
He said Christa Beverly, a longtime civil rights attorney and wife of former Prince George’s County Administrator Rushern Baker III, died Saturday. She that year she was 61 years old.
Baker tweeted: “Today I lost the love of my life, my best friend and the source of all my strength.”
No cause of death was given, but Beverly had Alzheimer’s disease for many years. In 2010, she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Beverly was known as an outspoken attorney and held senior positions at Prince George’s Hospital. She has always been the closest political adviser to her husband, who is an important figure in Maryland politics.
They are both college lovers.
After serving as county governor for two terms, Baker lost the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, but plans to try again.
“He’s running hard,” said Jolyn Ivey, a friend of Prince George’s family and a well-known political figure.
Baker said in a tweet: “She is our rock, the best mother of my son and my wife.” She “She has passed her life with grace and determination against injustice, inequality and disease in the last ten years. She fights.”
In another tweet, Baker said: “The joyous legacy that she has brought to our families and communities throughout her life comforts the pain we feel today.”
“We are fortunate to spend so much time with her on Earth. We will continue to” fight Alzheimer’s and racism “and make the world a better place in her name.
In 2010, at some point in the county’s executive career, Baker wondered if she should resign. But her wife insisted that she stay after fully understanding what was going on around her.