Nancy L. Baker, 69


Nancy Louise Baker, 69, died at her home outside of Woodbine on Jan. 4, 2022. She was born on March 7, 1952, in Washington, to Marion and Marjorie (Martin) Blum. She grew up in the Wellman area and graduated in 1970. While working as a candy striper at the Knoxville Veteran’s Home, Nancy met Dwight “Pickles” Baker. They were married on Dec. 22, 1979, in Wellman and then they made their home east of Woodbine. Nancy worked with Dwight putting up grain bins. She also worked for Francis Harper’s Farm Supply. In 1996, Nancy went to work for Alegent Health in Missouri Valley, in their home health and hospice program. She then served as the Dunlap City Clerk until her retirement. She continued to help with the bookkeeping at the Farm Supply company. Nancy and Dwight also operated Parkay Kennels, raising purebred Boxers, Boston Terriers and Corgi’s.

Nancy was a member of the RLDS Church and later became a member of the Followers of Christ. She served as the reunion campground nurse and as the church secretary. Nancy enjoyed the sun, especially when she was mowing the lawn. She was known for her homemade greeting cards. Most of all, she cherished the time she was able to spend with Jocelyn, Alayne, Cecilia and Michael, the little ones she considered her grandkids, during their summer breaks and holiday.   

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwight on July 24, 2007; and siblings, Jackie, Robert and Bill. She is survived by her siblings, Danny Rickerd and Terry Blum and their families; sister-in-law, Rozella Baker of Woodbine; many nieces and nephews; unofficial adopted daughters, Amber Olson and Amanda Zimmerman; grandchildren, Jocelyn, Alayne, Cecilia and Michael Zimmerman; and many other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held at the Followers of Christ Church in Woodbine on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. Mark McCormick presided over the service and the musicians were Ronnie Mann and Barb Sherer. The honorary pallbearers were Jocelyn, Alayne, Cecilia and Michael Zimmerman, Amber Olson and Amanda Zimmerman. The pallbearers were Leslie Duvall, Ruchel Hiller, Jerri Kron, DJ Newell, Dee Dee Newell and Dani Newell. Nancy’s final resting place is at the Woodbine Cemetery.

Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine was in charge of arrangements.