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Betty Lou Baker | Obituaries

Betty Lou Baker, 90, died peacefully on November 16, 2021 at her Ketchikan home surrounded by her family.

She was born Betty Lou Thomas on December 6, 1930 in Jump River, Wisconsin. Her family moved to Kingman, Arizona in 1941.

After graduating from Mohave County Union High School in Kingman in 1948, she attended Arizona State College in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1951.

In 1951 she moved to Craig and in 1952 to Ketchikan. In 1962 she moved with her family to Yakima, Washington; and then to Seattle in 1970; 1987 to Farmington, New Mexico; and in 2006 to Ketchikan.

She worked for the US Forest Service in Ketchikan, ran a daycare center in Yakima, worked as a medical typist in Seattle, and provided short-term care in Farmington. She was a member of the Ketchikan First Assembly of God.

“Her hobbies were reading, Bible study, crocheting, word puzzles and cooking for family and friends, which was her love language,” writes her family. “Betty has opened her heart and home to many in need over the years; whose names are too many to list. “

Betty Lou Baker preceded her father James M. Thomas in death; Mother, Maud Marie Thomas; Sister Zelda Jeanne Lewis; and son, Roy E. Hoover.

She leaves her sister Shari Volpi from Prescott, Arizona; Son Steven (Kathy) Baker; Daughters KaLana (Mark) Kaufer and Darla Baker-O’Larick (Michael), all from Ketchikan; Stepdaughter Carol Warnock Duncan of Goldendale, Washington; Daughter-in-law Trish Hoover of Ketchikan; Grandson, Jason (Jami) Neumeister, Alexis (Aaron) Ashcraft and Maria Baker, all from Ketchikan, Rodney Duncan and Johnny Duncan from Washington; Great-grandchildren, Ciarra Dains, Colton Neumeister, Jonathan Higgins, Bella and Jayden Weber, Maylene and Kylan Ashcraft; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life is planned at a later date. Betty Lou Baker’s ashes are scattered at the foot of “Mom’s Mountain”.

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