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Neva Gilbert Baker

Neva Gilbert Baker entered into rest July 26, 2006. She was born in 
Waltonville July 18, 1908, to Alva S. and Inez Fairchild Gilbert. She 
resided in San Antonio, Texas. 

Mrs. Baker attended grade and high school in Waltonville and Southern 
Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign and Business College in Centralia. 

She married Julius Gee Baker Dec. 5, 1930. Their life changed in 1943 
when Mr. Baker, a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, 
volunteered for service in the Army Air Force. Mrs. Baker went with her 
husband if possible during his 20 years of military service. They 
celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 5, 1980. Mr. Baker preceded Mrs. Baker in 
death Jan. 13, 1981. Mrs. Baker taught school — grades 1-10 — for 20 
years. During World War II, she worked for Civil Service and the Internal 
Revenue Service. After the war, she did secretarial work at Elmendorf 
Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, and McGuire Air Force Base in New 
Jersey. She studied piano and organ and attended the famous Le Cordon 
Bleu Cooking School in Paris, France. She also studied French while 
living in Paris and German while living on Rhein Main Air Force Base in 
Germany. Mrs. Baker’s hobbies were music — piano and organ, oil painting 
and various crafts. She made elaborate Christmas handicrafts — tree 
skirts, table covers and Christmas decorations. 

Mrs. Baker leaves a worldwide network of friends and a cousin, Lt. 
Col. (Retired) Helen Wells of San Antonio, Texas. 
Her sister, Anita Holloway, preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1998. 

Memorial services were held July 28 at The Towers, One Park 
Lane in San Antonio, Texas. Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. 
Monday at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville, with the Rev. John Clark 
officiating and under the direction of the Newell Funeral Home in 
Waltonville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Odyssey Hospice, 
4415 Piedras Drive West No. 100, San Antonio, TX 78228. You may sign the 
guest book at www.porterloring.com. Arrangements are with Porter-Loring 
Funeral Home, 1101 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212, where you 
may call (210) 227-8221 for further information.


Date: 29 Jul 2006  
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by; Robert W. Loman * rwlmn@aol.com
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