Lula Baker

Lula BakerLula Mae “Babe” Baker, 88, of Rushville, formerly of rural Industry, died at 2 a.m. May 5, 2007, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.

She was born Feb. 3, 1919, in New Salem Township, McDonough County, a daughter of Ralph Oral and Iva Marie Lance Hammond. She married Jack D. Baker on Feb. 15, 1937, in Vermont. He died Aug. 2, 1988.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Wooldridge Wollbrink; one brother, Samuel Willard “Cris” Hammond; one sister, Helen Young; and two grandchildren, Joseph Galen Baker and Thomas Edward Baker.

Surviving are four sons, Marlin L. (and Donna) of Industry, Donal E. (and Beverly) of Rockford, Jack L. (and Judy) of Rushville and Jerry R. (and Vivian) of Industry; one brother, Maurice Eugene “Jobe” (and Dorothy) of Macomb; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She and her husband were lifelong farmers.

She was a member of Doddsville United Methodist Church and Doddsville Ladies Aid Society of the church.

Services were held Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with David Haney and Ron Peters officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Macomb.

Memorials may be made to her church or the Culbertson Long Term Care facility.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/9/2007