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Alice J. Baker

Alice J. Baker, 96, Oregon, died on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Franklin Grove Living & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug. 15, 1917 in Bradford, the daughter to Joseph A. and Jessie (Sipe) Schwab.

She graduated from Princeton High School in the Class of 1936 as salutatorian.

She married Clarence A. Baker on Aug. 18, 1940 in Oregon. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1998.

Alice worked as farmer’s wife and also for Northern Illinois University from 1960 to 1981 as chief clerk and registrar.

She was an active member of the Lighthouse United Methodist Church where she played the church organ for 40 years, served as the church secretary and chairperson of the administrative board, and taught Sunday School.

Alice was a member of the Franklin Grove Women’s Club, 50-year Farm Bureau member, member of the Home Extension, and served as clerk of the Taylor Township Board for 40 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Joe (Marian) Baker, Oregon, David (Debbie) Baker, Mt. Morris; grandchildren, Dr. Steve (Dr. Shawna Roberts) Baker, Oregon, Lisa (Chuck) Petree, Polo, and Christina (Mark) Meador, Polo, four great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kaitlyn Baker, Chris and Zack Hagemann.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Clarence; grandson, Ron Baker; brother, Charlie Schwab; and sisters, Carol Freedenbach and Marianne Straley.

Funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at Lighthouse United Methodist Church near Oregon with Pastor Javier Martinez officiating.

Visitation was scheduled prior to the service from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be at the Lighthouse Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established for the Lighthouse Church or the Lighthouse Cemetery.

Arrangements were completed by Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon.

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