Dorris "Dee" Baker, 84, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born Dec. 28, 1931, in Belleville, Ill., died Feb. 9, 2016, at her residence with her family at her side. She lost a short, but courageous battle with cancer.
Dee worked as an office manager for Service Cleaners at Scott Airforce Base, Ill., where she met her husband of 62 years. Dee also worked in accounting at Hiken Furniture in Belleville, Ill. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, gardening, cooking and crafts. Dee was a member of the Ladies of the Elks Auxiliary 664, Fairview Heights, Ill. She was fondly referred to as "Tiger" by her family for her feisty attitude and zest for life.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Helena, nee Berning, Crannage; her sister, Mildred Knefelkamp; and her beloved son-in-law, Steve Barbe.
Surviving are her husband, Warren "Bud" Baker, Jr.; her children, Warren "Boots" (Denice) Baker, William Blaine (Barb) Baker, Kathy Barbe and Lisa (Steve) Moore; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Family Hospice of Belleville, Ill., or to Siteman Center for Advanced Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Services: A celebration of life will be held to honor Dee and for her family and friends to gather in remembrance of the good times in her life from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at the Elks Lodge 664, Fairview Heights, Ill. At Dee's request, her body was donated to science at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. Her hope was to help and save others.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 14, 2016