Elizabeth M. “Betty” Baker, 89, of Stone Creek, formerly of Beach City, beloved mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully, early last Tuesday morning, August 3, 2021. Born June 8, 1932, in Rock Creek, Ohio, a daughter to the late Harry and Regina (Rice) Grant, Betty graduated from the former Greentown High School with the Class of 1950 and had been an area resident most her adult life. She was a farmer’s wife and no stranger to hard work. Side by side with her husband Carl and their children, they managed the family farm outside of Beach City. She supported and encouraged each of her children in their participation in 4-H and all of their school activities. Betty was also the family caregiver; arranging her home and schedule to provide full-time care to her grandmother and mother. She renewed a promise to herself by enrolling in the LPN program at the Timken Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Humble about her accomplishment but so proud to be involved in the nursing profession, she worked for several years before retiring from the former Doctors Hospital in Massillon and returned to nursing prior to a second retirement at age 79!
In her leisure time, Betty enjoyed following all the Ohio sports teams and loved watching and listening to area high school marching bands whether from the stands during halftime shows, at the county fair review or in concert. She also kept busy with crochet projects – especially afghans, many of which were given as gifts to family and friends.
Predeceased by her parents; her treasured husband of nearly 50 years, Carl L. Baker; beloved daughter, Corrine Kay Baker Lewis; sister, Lynn, and just ten days prior to her own passing, by her sister, Wilma; Betty is survived by her children, Carla Thompson, of Bellevue, Ohio, Lyndall (Kinda) Baker, of Mt. Bellview, Texas, Laurie Cimrhanzel, of Manvel, Texas, Lisa Baker, of Stone Creek – with whom she resided, and Chris Baker, of Denver, Colorado. Her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive, together with her sisters, Virginia White and Harriet Fruitig and brother, Harry Grant.
Cremation and private burial will precede a memorial celebration of Betty’s life at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Navarre. Rev. Steve Johnson will officiate. The family will receive condolences for thirty minutes prior to the service, from 12-12:30 p.m. in the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Navarre.
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