Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Velma Christine Baker, 88, of Rocky Comfort, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Red Rose Health and Rehab Center, Cassville.

She was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Washburn, the daughter of Oliver and Gertie (Privitt) Nodine. On Nov. 18, 1977, in Washburn, she was united in marriage to Andrew Joe Baker, who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2010. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Arnold Nodine.

Survivors include: two sons, Norman Snook, of Osborne, Kan., and Bobby Snook, of Independence; two daughters, Georgia Dalton, of Washburn, and Karen Howard, of Tulsa, Okla.; one stepdaughter, Donna Clark and her husband, Randy, of Mt. Vernon; one sister, Thelma "Babe" Stephens, of Washburn; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She grew up and received her education at Seven Stars School in Star Hollow near Washburn. Throughout her lifetime, she owned and managed various restaurants in Barry County. She was known for her cooking, especially her cinnamon rolls and pies, which gave her the nicknames of "Queen of Cinnamon Rolls" and "Pie Lady."

Funeral services were held Monday in McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton. Pastor Tony Intessimone will conducted the services. Burial was at Rocky Comfort Cemetery, Rocky Comfort.

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