Shirley M. Baker

Shirley M. Baker, 79, of Cambridge and formerly of Bethel died August 11, 2012 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.

Shirley Marie Baker was born Feb. 26, 1933 in Cedar, Minn. (Bethel Township) to Abel and Edna (Day) Johnson.  She grew up in the Cedar area and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1951. On March 3, 1956 Shirley was united in marriage to Melvin Baker at Cambridge. She worked for the Minnesota Highway Department for 5 years and then as a cook at the Bethel Elementary School. Shirley became the Cafeteria Manager and retired after 25 years of service to the St. Francis School District.

She liked to cook, bake, garden, fish, play cribbage, shop at Wal-Mart, work on word-finds and watch Wheel of Fortune. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and making them, and other family and friends, lunches and dinners. Shirley wouldn’t miss a single opportunity to cheer on grandkids and great-grandkids at their sporting activities. She was also very active volunteering at West Bethel United Methodist Church and was also active in Oldtine Bethel Ladies. She was an original church basement lady!

Shirley will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Mel; three children, Susan Baker (Jim) of Cedar, Sharon Bartnick of Cambridge, and David (Pam) Baker of Baudette; two grandchildren, Johnnie (Amanda) Bartnick of Cambridge, and Tami (Jeff) Weinman of Blaine; two great-grandsons, Blake and Carter Bartnick; and by many other relatives and friends. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Lloyd, and a niece, Linda.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Rev. James McChesney officiating. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Strike’s in Cambridge. Kandi Chavie will serve as musician. Pallbearers will be Jim Johnson, Steve Johnson, Jeff Kresean, Dave Windmeir, Len Sandstrom and Jerry Vanderwerff. Interment will be in Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel.

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