Helen D. Baker June 17. 1911- December 18, 2008 KEIZER - She went with grace. Quietly accepting that it was time to leave her loving family. To leave behind her frail body that had experienced much in her long life. The ones' she leaves behind will cry, wishing that they could have more time; but this is her time to leave this beautiful life behind to go start a new chapter. She hopes to see the face of those who have gone before - mother, father, brothers and sisters, husbands, sons and dear friends - for how she has missed them clinging to the hope that she will see them again some day. This day, for this is her time. In those final moments, she can't help but think back over her life. She hopes it was enough for those to hold on to that she leaves behind, her secret recipes shared, her stories told, important wisdom passed on to those who need it most. Now it is her time to go with grace and quiet beauty as she draws her last breath before making the journey home. - Bethany Bradley (granddaughter) Helen D. Cornwell, Bradley, Baker was born in Huron, S.D., the third child of Georgia and Edward Cornwell. She had seven sisters and four brothers. She married Virgil L. Bradley in 1929. They came to Oregon in 1940. Together, they raised a daughter Ardyth J. (Bradley) Marvelli; and six sons, Virgil (Sonny), Robert, Ronald, Gary, Keith, and Dennis. She is survived by her daughter, Ardyth; sons, Keith and Dennis; thirty grandchildren; forty-one great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Percy in Wildomar, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Virgil; and her latest husband, George Baker; her sons, Robert, Gary, Virgil and Ronald; and four brothers and six sisters. She was a great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She had so much faith and such a wonderful outlook on life. She instilled such strong family ties in her family. She will be missed by all of us. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 26, 2008. Both will be in the chapel at Unger Funeral Chapel, 229 Mill St., Silverton, burial at Valley View Cemetery following services. Reception following in Salem at 3634 Scenic View Dr. S.E. The family suggests contributions to Englewood UMC in lieu of flowers.
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Published in StatesmanJournal from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, 2008