Baker, Elizabeth Liz (nee Layfield) 55, O'Fallon , MO, died peacefully after succumbing to a 10 year battle with breast cancer June 7, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family. She was a loving and faithful wife of 32 years to Donald M. Baker. Survived by husband, Donald M. Baker; sons, Galan M. Baker, Ethan P. Baker; daughter, Jennifer J. Baker-McMullen and fiancé, Evan, all of O' Fallon , MO. Preceded in death by her father, Lamar H. Layfield of Wayne, PA. She is survived by her mother, Joan Layfield, of Paoli, PA; sister, LuAnn Lunger and husband, Joseph; brothers, Lamar (Chip) Layfield and wife, K.C., Michael Layfield and wife Anne, all of Wayne, and many nieces and nephews. Liz grew up in Indianapolis, IN and Wayne, PA. She graduated from Radnor High School. After high school she attended Penn State in University Park, PA, where she received a bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences, and met her future husband. She then began work as a radiation scientist for Neutron Products in Maryland, switching careers to that of a full-time devoted and adoring mom. And, later to a dedicated 8th grade science teacher, earning a Fort Zumwalt School District's Teacher of the Year Award. Libby was the author of a factbased book of fiction, Son in the Sky, published in 2012. She was also a lifelong student and advocate of our environment and ecology. She was a dedicated Pittsburgh Steeler's fan, attending two Super Bowl wins in Detroit and Tampa. She embodied the ideal of brains and beauty, loyalty and strength, good humor, generosity and love, she will be missed. Services: Her family will have a Celebration of Life memorial evening for all her friends on Saturday, July 13th from 5-9 at the American Legion building, 2nd floor, at 200 Main St., St. Peters, 63376, to share some food and good memories.
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 30, 2013