SHELBINA, Mo. -- Betty Jean Baker, 86, of Shelbina, died Sunday (Feb. 23, 2014) in the Salt River Community Care in Shelbina.
She was born July 2, 1927, in Hull, Ill., a daughter of Frank and Monetta Lorene Mudd Butler. On July 5, 1947, she married Paul Wesley Baker. He died in 2005.
Betty was a graduate of Chaffey High School in Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the Kendall Mount Olive United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. In her membership in the OES, Betty served as grand warden of the Grand Chapter of Missouri, grand representative to Minnesota, and at various stations in her local chapter and district.
She served as a longtime Democratic committee women for Jackson Township.
She enjoyed bowling, celebrating the holiday season and Christmas shopping, and watching countless wiffle-ball games played among her family. She was an avid and creative cook, using "just a little bit of this and a little bit of that."
Betty's love for her family was evident, and she cherished the time she spent with them. She was especially proud of her grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her four children, Donald Frank Baker and his wife, Mary, of Columbia, Randall Paul Baker and his wife, Theresa, of Mexico, Mo., Cynthia Lee Cargill and her husband, Peter, of Kansas City, and Mark Wesley Baker and his wife, Jacqueline, of Albany, N.Y.; her nine grandchildren, Genalee Alexander and her husband, David, Meagan Cargill, Emily Cargill Lyons and her husband, Jeremy, Deborah Thornburg and her husband, Tanner, Ryan Baker, Christopher Cargill, Courtney Baker, Amanda Baker and Scott Baker; her five great-grandchildren, Maggie Alexander, Sam Alexander, Raine Lyons, Baker Lyons and Emma Thornburg; her one sister, Lura Lene Smith and her husband, William, of Jacksonville, Ill.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Frank Nelson Butler.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday in Shelbina Untied Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Kendall Mount Olive Methodist Cemetery.
VISITATION: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina. Eastern Star services will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Kendall Mount Olive Methodist Church Cemetery Association or the
ARRANGEMENTS: Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home, Shelbina.