Starke - On January 20, 2013, Phoebe Green Bakken of Starke left her earthly family to be with those already with the Lord. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Winifred "Boots" Wimberly Green and Nelson T. Green, both of longtime Bradford County families; her aunt, Beth Wimberly; her sister, Ruby Green Hudson; her brother-in-law and devoted fishing partner, Don Hardenbrook, and her beloved oldest son, Joseph "Joey" Bakken III. She is survived by her husband of over 56 years, Joseph Bakken II; her son, Gary Bakken; her daughter-in-law Susan Ebling Bakken; her granddaughters Amanda B. McKinney (Richard), Heather Bakken (M.J. Dodd), Samantha Bakken (Raymond Alexander) and Brittany Bakken (Derek Levine); her great grandchildren Owen and Dylan McKinney, Kurston and TaKeirra Bakken, Damarion Dodd, Raelynn Alexander and Adrianna Levine, and her niece, Linda Bakken Dipaolo (Rich). She also has left for a while Joe's large family in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Bakken's; her sister, Oleeta Hardenbrook; her brothers, Harry Green (Mabel) and D. Ritch Green (Jean); her nieces and nephews and their spouses and families; her adopted family, John-boy, Margie, David and Sam Schafer; many special "children" that were like sons and daughters to her over the years, and a multitude of friends and extended family in Bradford County and all over North Florida.

Born in Starke on August 2, 1935, she passed over suddenly Sunday morning at the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center as a result of surgical complications. Despite the excellent care she received, and her mighty struggle, for the first time in her life she could not sustain the fight that she faced.

Except for her years of service to our country as a young member of the United States Marine Corps, and the time she lived with the Bakken's in North Dakota, Phoebe was a lifetime Bradford County resident. She remained a proud U.S. Marine until the day of her death, and was much respected by her final caregivers at Malcom Randall for her military service.

She was of the United Methodist faith, and was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke.

Wife, mom, "Giggle", as her grand- and great-grandchildren called her, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and faithful servant of her God and Country, her ability to bring a smile to any face will be missed until we see her again.

Semper Fidelis

Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 North Walnut Street, Starke, 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 23, 2013, with a graveside service at Highland Baptist Church Cemetery, Highland, following. Friend and family visitation and viewing were held at Archie Tanner Funeral Home, 14397 U.S. Highway 301 South, Starke, from 6:00 PM until 8:00PM, Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Arrangements are under the care of Archie Tanner Funeral Services, Starke, 904-964-5757.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013