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Helen “Arlene” Baker

Helen “Arlene” Baker, 80, of Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 7 a.m., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Arlene was born March 26, 1940, to Merle E. and Mary Wilson Hess. She was married to Harold A. Baker Sr. on June 21, 1957 in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2006.

Helen “Arlene” Baker

Survivors include her children, William E. Baker, Ewing, Mo.; Harold and Julie Baker,  Nelsonville, Mo.;  Kelly Jane Whitehead, Pearl River, La.; Marvin Lee Baker, Ewing; grandchildren, Melissa Baker, Joseph Baker, Sawyer Baker, Amanda Whitehead, and James Whitehead; great-grandchildren, Austin Crane, Abrianna, Jackson, and Brooklyn Baker and Lillyana Baker; and great-great-grandchild, Melody Pryor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Marvin Eugene Hess; and one sister, Judith Todd.

Professionally Arlene worked for Motorola and Diemakers in Monroe City, and drove a school bus for the Lewis County C-1 School District for many years.

Arlene liked to stay busy by working on the farm, gardening and working on crafts. As a homemaker, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whom her family will miss very much.

She attended Bethany Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Mo.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 28, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Pastor Dewayne Larenson will officiate. Burial will be at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Philadelphia.

 Friends and family are invited to Arlene’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Dec. 28, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to  Bethany Baptist Cemetery Fund.

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