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Ruby Mae Sparks Baker
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Birth: Mar. 19, 1907
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 2001
Torrance
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Ruby was born in Effingham County, Illinois. She was the sixth of 7 children born to William Harvey and Alice Victoria (Gordon) Sparks. She was married to Charles Stuckey Baker, December 25, 1930, son of Robert Lee and Mabel Pearl (Stuckey) Baker, who were farmers in the Bement, Illinois area. To this union (in Vandalia, Illinois), were born two sons. Ruby's parents were sharecroppers farming in southern Illinois, near Beecher City and later Todd's Point. Her father "Will" was killed in a farming accident June 15th, 1921 at Todd's Point She, her mother Alice and her sisters Reatha and Pauline moved into Bement, where Alice worked as a cook. Less than two years later Alice Victoria passed away as a result of influenza and Pneumonia complications. At that time Ruby (age 14) and Pauline (age 12) moved in with Reatha and her husband Curtis Knapp. Ruby became a rural school teacher (all grades, one room). Shortly after the death of her husband Charles, Ruby opened up a small beauty shop in Decatur, Illinois, where she lived until September of 1941. She moved to Los Angeles with her young sons in her 1938 Chevrolet and was hired by North American Aviation (makers of the B-25 bomber and P-51 Mustang) on January 31, 1942 and spent the rest of her working days there until she retired. Her and her sister Pauline were very close and lived near each other in their final years. She was buried in the Bement Cemetery near her husband Charles.



 
 
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 Parents:
  William Harvey Sparks (1867 - 1921)
  Alice Victoria Gordon Sparks (1874 - 1923)
 
 Spouse:
  Charles Stuckey Baker (1908 - 1940)
 
 Siblings:
  James Obra Sparks (1894 - 1973)*
  Lafonda Everett Sparks (1896 - 1931)*
  Nellie Marie Sparks Kyle (1898 - 1920)*
  William Edward Sparks (1902 - 1974)*
  Reatha Adelle Sparks Knapp (1903 - 1937)*
  Ruby Mae Sparks Baker (1907 - 2001)
  Verna Pauline Sparks Sprague (1909 - 1990)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bement Cemetery
Bement
Piatt County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Sprague
Originally Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Dec 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63248463
Ruby Mae <i>Sparks</i> Baker
Added by: Sprague
 
Ruby Mae <i>Sparks</i> Baker
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Ruby Mae <i>Sparks</i> Baker
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 Added: Dec. 23, 2010
 
 
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