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Ona Baker, age 99 of Albion, Michigan went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, January 23, 2014. Ona grew up on the family farm in Atwood, Michigan with her sister Janet (Nettie) and four brothers: Henry, Martin, John, and Allen. She was born September 24, 1914 to Albert and Gertie (Veenstra ) Elzinga.
Ona attended Atwood School and graduated from Ellsworth Community Schools. She continued her education at Calvin College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. Upon graduation she began teaching in Holland, Michigan where she met her future husband Robert P. Baker.
Robert and Ona married in 1946 at her parents' home in Atwood and then resided in Albion, MI their entire married life. Ona taught in the Albion Public Schools for over thirty years. She loved teaching and loved her students. She was so happy when she would learn of the success of many of her students.
Ona and Bob were regular members of the First Baptist Church of Albion for over 50 years.
Ona was a grandmother to Rebecca "Becky", Jacob "Jake", Onna and Elizabeth. She loved her grandchildren so much and would always have something special for them to eat when they came to visit. The grandchildren would say " Grandma's house always smells so good because she is always cooking something special for us."
Ona is survived by a son, Robert A. (Julie) Baker; daughter, Martha (Pete) Ingvarsson; brothers, Allen (Claudette) Elzinga and John (Phyllis) Elzinga; 4 grandchildren- Onna (Derek) Remme, Becky (Tim) Captain, Jake (Katie) Baker and Elizabeth Baker; 6 great grandchildren, Andrew, Grace, Ben, Samuel, Freddy, Harpa. Ona always loved little children and these little ones were her special jewels. She is also survived by special nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, sister Janet Bolser, brother-in-law Max, brothers, Henry and Martin Elizinga, sister-in-law Margaret Elzinga, sister-in-law Naomi Baker and brother-in-law Warren Baker.
Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, Albion, Michigan 49224 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Funeral Service will be at 2:00 P. M. at the funeral home with Pastor Thomas Hollowood of First Baptist Church of Albion officiating
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions can be made to: First Baptist Church, 980 Haven Road, Albion, MI 49224.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 26, 2014