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Alta Maye Foreman Baker
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Birth: May 9, 1889
Marshall County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1955
Marshall County
Indiana, USA

"Alta Maye (Foreman) Baker was a tall, blue eyed, ash blond; she was a strong woman physically and a tender person emotionally. She did outside mens' work, as well as, raising the children and doing the house work under conditions that would today seem primitive. During these years there was no electricity, inside plumbing, refrigeration or television. Much of the food was grown and preserved at home. Cooking and baking was by wood burning range or kerosene stove. Lightling was by kerosene lamp, water was carried into the kitchen in buckets and baths were taken in the kitchen in a wash tub. Clothes washing was done on a scrib board or by a gasoline engine drive washer. About 1940 rural electricity reached our farm and she was ecstatic with the electric lights, electric stove, refrigerator, freezer and at last -- inside plumbing.

"She taught her daughters piano, singing, cooking, baking and sewing. She had a beautiful alto voice and often played the piano and sang, often with Dad, who also had a good voice. She was a social person and belonged to most of the local clubs such as the Friendship Club sewing circle and attended some of the Methodist social clubs when she had transportation. She never learned to drive a car so she relied on Dad or the children to drive. Before the proliferation of cars made it too dangerous, she drove a little single seat buggy almost anywhere she had to go by herself. Harnessing, hitching and driving a horse was something she grew up with.

"She was a jolly, selfless person whose primary love, attention and ambitions were for her family. All she ever seemed to spend on herself was the effort to surround herself with family and friends."

Written by youngest son, Kenneth Baker, Sr.

Indiana-Michigan, Obituary
PLYMOUTH -- Mrs Alta May Baker, 65, of 215 Elliott Ave., died at 9 AM Monday in Parkview Hospital. A lifelong resident of Marshall County, she is survived by her husband, Samuel; three sons, Orville and Samuel of Plymouth, Kenneth of Phoenix, Ariz; three daughters, Mrs William Volkmann, Plymouth, Mrs Don Gardner and Mrs Grace Matz, both of South Bend, and one sister Mrs Dessie Bennet, Silver Spring, Md. Friends may call in the Johnson & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Thursday in the Plymouth Methodist Church, Rev. J. A. Hornick will officiate. The body will lie in state in the church from 1 to 2 pm Thursday. Burial will be in New Oak Hill Cemetery.

Obituary as found in:
The South Bend Tribune, Tuesday Evening, January 04, 1955, Indiana p. 14.
Family links: 
  Andrew I. Foreman (1859 - 1948)
  Etta E. Moore Foreman (1866 - 1926)
  Samuel P. Baker (1886 - 1957)*
  Orville R. Baker (1909 - 2004)*
  Clarice P. Baker Volkmann (1911 - 1994)*
  Grace M. Baker Nifong (1913 - 2001)*
  Gladys Faye Baker Gardner (1913 - 1991)*
  Samuel P. Baker (1917 - 1976)*
  Kenneth Earl Baker (1920 - 2001)*
  Alta Maye Foreman Baker (1889 - 1955)
  Dessie C. Foreman Bennett (1892 - 1963)*
  Cleotus W. Foreman (1898 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Marshall County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Parkland section of New Oakhill, Lot 253
Maintained by: Dan G.
Originally Created by: Caral
Record added: Nov 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79892396
Alta Maye <i>Foreman</i> Baker
Added by: Dan G.
Alta Maye <i>Foreman</i> Baker
Added by: Dan G.
Alta Maye <i>Foreman</i> Baker
Added by: Dan G.
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- Dan G.
 Added: Jan. 27, 2015

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