Ilene Baker

December 24, 1927 ‒ November 21, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON- Ilene Baker, age 92, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020 in her home.

She was born Christmas Eve, December 24, 1927 in Oreton, Ohio the daughter of Forest G. and Emma (Malone) Camp. On March 29, 1945 she married her high school sweetheart William “Bill” Baker, with whom she celebrated 67 years before he passed in July of 2012.

She was a long-time member of Lexington First Congregational Church and more recently attended Grace United Methodist Church in Johnsville.  For many years, she served on the Richland County Election Board and worked in the Lexington School cafeteria.

Ilene used her talents at home raising her family.  She enjoyed gardening and canning and her family delighted in her cooking.  She made the very best pumpkin pies, homemade breads and wholesome meals.  Meticulous, Ilene loved to clean and felt satisfied when the house was neat and tidy.

Ilene is survived by daughter Deb Hill of Lexington; grandchildren Jeremy (Allison) Hill, Christy (Trent Knackstedt) Petulla, Greg (Stacie) Oyster, Beth (Sean) Merkle, Emma (Ryan) Beeson, and Max Baker; 15 great grandchildren with baby Beeson due in spring of 2021; sister Ann Belcher; special nephew Jerry Baker; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughters Wilma Brewer and Tricia Robinson; son William “Bill” Baker, Jr.; grandson Bryan Brewer; sisters Helen Cottrill and Ethel Rosato and brothers Forest Camp and Pete Gaston.

The Baker family will receive friends Monday, November 23, 2020 from 10 – 11 am in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will follow at 11 am.  Pastor David Smith will officiate and burial will be in Shauck Cemetery. Guests are asked to wear a facial covering and follow social distance guidelines.

In lieu of flowers and food, the family requested memorial donations to OhioHealth Hospice or Grace Untied Methodist Church.

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  • What a wonderful woman!
    I have known her my entire life, as I attended First Congregational Church with her and her family.
    Sorry for your loss,

  • I will always have a special place in my heart for my Aunt Ilene. I spent many Sunday mornings sitting in the church pew with her. I know my dad, Tom, loved both Uncle Bill and Aunt Ilene dearly. Love and prayers to all my family .

  • Condolence to the Baker family. I worshiped with Ilene and served on church council for several years with Ilene. What a person of faith and conviction she was . She will be missed.

    Joe Kessler
    Ashland, Ohio