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WELDON — Jennie Lucile Baker, 92, Weldon, died 7:35 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 18, 2005) at Hawthorne Inn, Clinton.

Her funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, with the Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will be in Weldon Cemetery, Weldon. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorials may be made to Mission Fund of Weldon United Methodist Church.

She was born June 20, 1913, at Normal, the daughter of Elmer and Barbara Ullrich Downs. She married Lester M. Baker on Oct. 1, 1938, at Normal. He passed away on Sept. 28, 1995.

Surviving are a son, Samuel Baker, Newton, Mass.; a daughter, Barbara (James) Barton, Weldon; a foster daughter, Kathryn White, Westville; and three grandchildren, Sam Barton, Litchfield; Jennifer (Ben) Barton Schneider, Flanagan; and Marisa (Chuck) Owens, Danville. She has two foster grandchildren, six foster great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was a member of Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon.

She graduated from Normal Community High School and Illinois State Normal University and came to the Weldon area to teach four years in a one-room school in DeWitt and Piatt counties. She and Lester farmed northeast of Weldon and retired after 39 years. They moved to Weldon and wintered in Florida and moved to Lakewood Addition North of Weldon in 1994. She was active in church work as a Sunday school teacher and in MYF; she was a member of Town & Country Women's Club; and a 50-year member of HCEA. She was a 4-H leader for many years. She loved to cook and bake. Her talents as an artist and craftsperson are well known in china painting, crocheting and other crafts. She crocheted more than 100 baby jackets and many neck scarves to be sent around the world to warm others.

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