Naomi Baker, 87, peacefully passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 in Knox Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon following a sudden illness just five months after the passing of her beloved husband Dale.
Naomi was born May 8, 1930 the only child of Fred and Ethel (Collins) Miller in Mansfield. After Naomi graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1948, she furthered her education at Ashland College and later returned to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education.
She met her neighbor C. Dale Baker at a free picture show in Bellville and the pair dated for three years before getting married on Aug. 27, 1950. Together they raised three children on the family farm in Bellville, which has been the center of Naomi’s family for five generations.
“Mrs. Baker” was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in the Clear Fork School District for over 30 years and continued substitute teaching after her retirement. She touched the lives of countless Bellville and Butler students with her patience and kindness.
In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and cooking. But above all, Naomi was family-oriented and cherished the time they spent together.
She was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville and was an active 4-H leader when her kids were growing up.
Naomi is survived by her children Bethany and Mike Adams, Beverly Baker, and Mark Baker, all of Bellville; grandchildren Kristin and Mike Forsythe, of Bellville, Ryan and Amanda Adams, of Bellville, Damon and Cassity Baker, of Utica, and Austin Baker, of Bellville; great-grandchildren Ethan Fox, Hailee Huffman, Madison Adams, and Kaden Baker; sister-in-law Eileen Smith, of Mt. Vernon; brother-in-law Bob and Dixie Garverick, of Fredericktown; cousins Paul, Janie, David, and Fred Collins; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Dale, her loving husband of 66 years.
Friends may call 4 and 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Naomi’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.