Evelyn Violet Baker, 77, of Bozeman formerly of Livingston, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at her home with her family by her side. A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home. A gathering of friends and family will be on Friday, May 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Franzen-Davis and again one hour prior to the service Saturday.
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Evelyn was born on July 6, 1935 in Livingston, Mont. She was the daughter of Guthorm and Hazel (Raver) Eggar. Evelyn was baptized as an infant, and she was later confirmed in her faith as a youth at the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Livingston. She received her education in Livingston and attended Park High School, class of 1953. She continued her education at Casper Junior College and Montana State University.
On Nov. 23, 1952, Evelyn was united in marriage to Franklin Baker with a civil ceremony in Helena, Mont. This marriage was blessed with three children: John David, Aileen Bernice, and Steven Douglas. Evelyn and Frank lived an interesting and resilient life together. Frank was employed as a petroleum engineer and drilling manager which kept them moving all over the country and world. The states they lived in included Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Texas; they spent some time in Canada, and also resided in Scotland, England, Denmark, Norway, Iran, and Indonesia. They later retired to Bozeman and wintered in Sun City West in Arizona. They shared over 60 years of marriage.
Evelyn was the "rock" of the family; she was a first-class mother and a number one grandmother. She was an intelligent woman who spent time volunteering as a librarian at the School of Mines in Butte and also spent several years as an advertising manager for the Martinizing Association in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As she and Frank traveled the world they were able to vacation throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. Evelyn was artistic in nature and had an extremely keen eye for the most beautiful artwork. She spent years collecting many pieces from all over. Those collections now so elegantly decorate Evelyn and Frank's home in Bozeman. Evelyn also created art, Batik Design, which is cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique, also decorate her home.
Evelyn especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.
Blessed be her memory.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Franklin Baker of Bozeman; children, John Baker and his wife, Malihe Soleil of St. Louis, Mo.; Aileen Baker of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Steven Baker and his wife, Susan of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Brianna Robinson and her husband, Seth, Helen Baker, Amanda Baker and Jacob Baker; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Cole Robinson; sister, Alberta Drake of Shoreline, Wash. and many other relatives and friends.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her father and mother, Guthorm and Hazel Eggar, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Helen Baker; and brother-in-law, Bill Drake.
The family invites everyone to the luncheon at Holbrook Methodist Fellowship hall immediately following the committal service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston. Online condolences may be offered at Franzen-Davis.com.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 10, 2013