Isabelle June Hoegh was born June 25, 1932 in Aurora, Nebraska to Albert and Mary Petersen Hoegh. She received her education in the public school, graduating from Aurora High School in 1949. In 1953 she graduated from North Park College in Chicago, Illinois. In 1955 she graduated from Kearney State Teacher's College in Kearney, Nebraska. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Columbus, Nebraska. While teaching in the Denver Public Schools, she met her future husband, Russ Baker, when they attended the same church. They were married in Denver on July 22, 1961 and began their married life in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1968, they moved to Colorado Springs with their two children, Doyle and Amy. Izzy assisted Russ in his business for several years. In 1973, the family was grieved by Amy's sudden death. They welcomed an adopted daughter, Kimberly, into their hearts and home in 1974. Izzy then worked for the Navigators for several years. One of her greatest joys was her children and grandchildren, followed by volunteer work. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Doyle & Velda; her daughter, Kimberly; five grandchildren, Corrin, Audrey, Quentin, Nicoholas and Jordan; and one brother Albert Hoegh. Preceding her in death were her husband, her daughter, and her parents. Isabelle joined the Lord in paradise on March 8, 2012 at age 79. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 15 at Cragmor Christian Reformed Church. An ice cream social and extended time of fellowship will follow the service; friends who are unable to attend the service are invited to stop in at the church to visit with the family until 4:30 pm on the 15th. Gifts in Izzy's memory may be made to The Navigators, Accounting Process Center, PO Box 6000, Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6000, to the Cragmor Benevolence Fund, c/o Cragmor Christian Reformed Church, 1225 Acacia Dr. CS, 80907 or to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 East Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
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Published in The Gazette from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2012