Mary Louise Baker


Mary Louise Baker, 88, of West Liberty, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Mercy McAuley Center in Urbana.

She was born in Urbana on Feb. 4, 1929, to the late Howard D. Koch and Avanelle LeFever Buck. On Dec. 29, 1956, she married Harold Lee Baker and he preceded her in death Sept. 8, 1999.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Allen) Traucht of West Liberty, Barbara Watkins of Bellefontaine and James E. Baker of Urbana; four grandchildren, Abraham (Danna) Traucht, Andra Loffing, Tara Watkins and Justin (Sarah) Traucht; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Stephen, Leslie, Jordan, Rachel, Isaac, James, Thomas, Matthew, Tristen, Keara and Liam; a sister, Chris Weirick; her nieces and nephews; and family friends, Louise and the late Pete Freeman and their children, Lisa, Christopher and Michael (Susan).

She also was preceded in death by sisters, Donna Schetter and Wilma Alessio; and stepbrothers, Cappy Buck and David Buck.

Mary was known during her school years as “Perky.” After high school, she attended the Bill Hixon’s Floral School in Cleveland and was a florist for Hillside Greenhouse and Mary Kathleen’s for 30 years. She was very active in several bridge clubs, the Tourist Club, the Home Extension Club and the Monday Afternoon Club in West Liberty. Mary also enjoyed gardening. She trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior and loved her Bible study. She loved people and especially being with her family and grandchildren. 

Pastor Dana Kidder officiates a memorial service at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 101 Zanesfield Road, West Liberty, where visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to Macochee Joint Ambulance, 113 E. Newell St., West Liberty, OH 43357; and West Liberty Town Hall Restoration, c/o West Liberty Historical Society, P.O. Box 159, West Liberty, OH 43357.

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