Billie died peacefully on September 16, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 92.
She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on October 19, 1920, one of five (5) children of Haney and Lucile Olson, all of which were raised in Sheridan. She graduated from Sheridan High Scholl in 1938. Billie also attended the University of Wyoming, returning to teach school in Sheridan. She moved to San Francisco during the War years and worked at the Federal Reserve.
There she met and eventually married Sheridan native W. D. ("Bill") Baker, April 15, 1945. Bill graduated from the US Naval Academy, was a Pearl Harbor survivor and Pacific War Veteran, who went on to have a 30 year career in the Navy. Therefore Billie lived in numerous locations throughout their lives together, frequently returning to Sheridan to visit family and friends. Besides being a full time Mom, she was an avid golfer, skilled at sewing, pie making and loved to play cards. She was also adventurous, with her travels extending beyond the U.S. to both Asia and Europe.
Billie will be interred at Arlington National Commentary with her husband, who died in 1991. She is also proceeded in death by her parents; brother, Waynard Olson and sisters; Maxine Powers, Nelda Carroll, and Duretta Vestal.
She is survived by her sons; David Baker and John Baker, her daughters in law; Jean and Linda Baker, and three grandchildren; Lauren, Mary, and Reilly Baker.
Billie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.