OREGON – Alice J. Baker, 96, of Oregon, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Bradford, the daughter of Joseph A. and Jessie (Sipe) Schwab. She was the Class of 1936 Princeton High School salutatorian. She married Clarence A. Baker on Aug. 18, 1940, in Oregon. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1998. Alice worked as a farmer’s wife and for NIU from 1960 to 1981, as chief clerk and registrar. She was an active member of Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Oregon, where she played the church organ for 40 years, served as the church secretary and chairwoman of the administrative board, and taught Sunday school. Alice was a member of the Franklin Grove Women’s Club, a 50-year Farm Bureau member, a member of the Home Extension; and served for 40 years as the Taylor Township Board clerk.
She is survived by her two sons, Joe (Marian) Baker of Oregon, and David (Debbie) Baker of Mount Morris; grandchildren, Dr. Steve Baker (Dr. Shawna Roberts) of Oregon, and Lisa (Chuck) Petree, and Christina (Mark) Meador, both of Polo; four great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kaitlyn Baker, and Chris and Zack Hagemann.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Ron Baker; brother, Charlie Schwab; and sisters, Carol Freedenbach and Marianne Straley.
Visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Oregon, with Javier Martinez, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at the Lighthouse Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Lighthouse United Methodist Church or Lighthouse Cemetery.
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