Phyllis Eileen Baker


Phyllis Eileen Baker, 86, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center.

She was born in Huntsville on Dec. 27, 1927, to the late John Arthur and Mildred Cleo Torrence Jenkins.

On Sept. 14, 1947, she married Donald Eugene Baker in Huntsville and he preceded her in death June 22, 2004. She also was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tim Heinlen; sister, Margaret A. Seaton; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Don and Dorothy Fultz and Joseph and Pauline Baker; niece Debbie Benedict; and nephews Michael Weller, Joey Baker and Ron Yoder.

A graduate of Sidney High School, Phyllis was a homemaker and member of the Bellefontaine First United Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of several church circles and had been a Sunday School teacher.

Phyllis enjoyed bingo and was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds. Most of all, she was a loving wife and mother who was very dedicated to her family.

Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Judith “Anne” Heinlen and Mary “Jane” Baker, both of Bellefontaine, and Karen Eileen (Tom) Primavera of Hamilton; sister, Mary H. (Bob) Weller of Bellefontaine; numerous nieces and nephews, including John (Suzan) Weller and Sean (Angela) Pasquet; two stepgrandchildren, Jeff (Gayle) Heinlen of Columbus and Ben (Sung Bae) Heinlen of Lexington, Ky.; and three great-stepgrandchildren.

Pastor Rob Fulton officiates a funeral at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is in Huntsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 579, Bellefontaine 43311; and to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 325 North Third St., Fairborn 45324.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the entire staff at Logan Acres for all the kindness and good care extended to their mother during her time there.

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