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Kathryn Mae 'Kate' (Dale) Baker, 79, of Elnora, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at her home. She was born August 3, 1938, in Odon, to Charles Lee and Nellie Mae (Brock) Dale. Kate married Woodrow V. 'Woody' Baker on January 1, 1957.
Kate was a member of the Nazarene Church of Newberry. She was a homemaker and was dedicated to the care of her home and family. Kate also enjoyed working and spending time in her flower garden.
Survivors include four sons, David (Gina) Baker of Ohio, Woody (Pam) Baker Jr. of Elnora, James (Sheila) Baker of Washington and Bob (Aleta) Baker of Elnora; three daughters, Becky (Tim) Pearson of Bloomfield, Shannon Baker of Elnora and Cathy Thompson of Oregon; two stepsons, Mike (Glenda) Baker of Florida and Phillip Baker of Washington; one stepdaughter, Judy Fluckey of Jasper; 37 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Ellen Dale of Odon.
Kate is preceded in death by her parents; husband Woody; stepsons Jerri, Joseph and Donald Baker; daughters Merri Christine Mottern and LaDonna Bowen; and sister Carolyn Dale.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017, at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon, with Pastor Bill Purcell and Pastor Mike Ladson officiating. Kate will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Elnora.
Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 20, and from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Monday, August 21, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
All arrangements have been entrusted to James W. Meng Jr. and Meng Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.mengfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 18, 2017
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