Belva Finch Stokes Baker, 87, of Evans Falls died Sunday afternoon at The Meadows Nursing Home in Dallas.
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She was born in Walden, N.Y., on April 13, 1921, daughter of the late George D. and Fannie Rossman Finch.
Belva attended Walden High School. She was a member of Bowman's Creek Free Methodist Church, the Women's Missionary Society and was a Cradle Roll superintendent and served as a steward of the church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, the Rev. Emery D. Stokes, a Free Methodist minister for 32 years. She accompanied him for all of his hospital and nursing home calls and entertained many evangelists and their wives over the years.
She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Ralph Baker, who was also a wonderful Christian man.
She loved her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Albert Finch; and a sister, Madelyn Faith Blade.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Stokes Crevier, Evans Falls; and Nancy Stokes, Dallas; sons, David Stokes and wife, Janet, Shavertown; and the Rev. Laurence and wife, Evian Baker, Lapeer, Mich.; sister, Madeline O'Donnell, Waretown, N.J.; brother, Paul F. Finch, Grass Valley, Calif.; grandsons, Roger Stokes; David Stokes and wife, Kim Folk; Richard Stokes and wife, Kim Passetti; and Josh Stokes and fiancee, Jen Swartz; granddaughter, Amy Stokes; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Jacob and Abbey Stokes; and Matthew Sowden; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Lynn Mokwa, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Kocher Cemetery, Harveys Lake.
Friends and family may call Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and Wednesday, 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Online condolences may be made at Sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 9, 2009