|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1927|
|Death: ||May 8, 2009|
WIFE OF BAKER, KENNETH H
SSGT US AIR FORCE
Obituary provided by Jerry Huffman (#46859530)
Ada Baker, 1927-2009: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Columbia Daily Tribune (MO) - Sunday, May 10, 2009
Deceased Name: Ada Baker, 1927-2009
Ada Alvira Martin Baker, 81, died peacefully Friday, May 8, 2009.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.
She was born on Dec. 16, 1927, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a child, her family prospered during the Depression by her father working at various skilled occupations; the family stretched every dollar — for example, making soap. In her high school days, she spent summers teaching Bible school to children living in rural areas of the Rocky Mountains. As a young woman, she worked as an egg candler. She met her future husband, Kenneth Holdstock Baker, who was serving in the U.S. military during the Korean War, because her family invited servicemen into their home for Sunday dinner. After a whirlwind romance, they married on Sept. 30, 1951, in Derby, Colo.
The young couple attended Bible college, focusing on missionary studies. Together, Ada and Ken faithfully served their Lord and Savior through their church and by working in local church-sponsored food pantries. After raising their five children, Ada returned to school for a certificate in occupational therapy, which she practiced at the Missouri State Mental Hospital in St. Louis. In everything she did, Ada poured out her love to the poor and needy. As a teenager, she cared for her ailing mother and later in life cared for her father as well, continuing the family's legacy of caring for elder family members. She and Ken were amply rewarded with deep love and respect showered on them by their children.
Ada's family wishes to show their appreciation for the kindness of the staff and residents at South Hampton Place, a skilled nursing facility, which cared for her and Ken over the past four years. Many thanks are due likewise to the University Hospital staff for their highly professional care throughout her last days.
She is survived by her husband; children Liz Baker (Chris Woehr) of St. Louis, Kate Knechel (Tim) of Shiloh, Ill., Carol Field of Jacksonville, Fla., and Dr. David Baker (Dr. Olga) of Columbia; eight grandchildren, Jason Baker, Robin Woehr, Julie Field, Jessica Field, Curtis Bladen, Nathan Bladen, Ariana Knechel and Sofia Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Jesse Baker and Olivia Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Sarah Gale Martin; two sisters, Alice Martin and Betty Prudhoe; and her daughter, Pamela Bladen.
Memorial donations in honor of Ada Baker may be made to "Through the Bible," Les Feldick Ministries, 30706 West Lona Valley Road, Kinta, Okla., 74552.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
Kenneth Holdstock Baker (1924 - 2011)
Missouri Veterans Cemetery
Jacksonville (Randolph County)
Plot: SECTION E ROW 13 SITE 0288
Created by: Linda Claxton
Record added: Sep 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97618162
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