Mary Ann Baker was born on December 27, 1831 in Loami, Illinois.
Mary was a Baptist who lived in Chicago, and was active in the temperance movement. She wrote a number of hymns and temperance songs.
Mary suffered the loss of her parents before 1874. Her brother left the Chicago area in hopes he could get better by escaping the cold dampness of the area, but became too ill to continue travelling and died when his sister was also too ill to be with him. The great loss challenged her faith, but she found that even though things get overwhelmingly dark in this world, God can still bring peace.
Mary died on October 31, 1921.
Hymns she composed include:
The Cyber Hymnal. www.hymntime.com/tch/
Robert J. Morgan, Nelson's Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), 608.