Naomi Jean Baker

May 08, 1930 ‒ August 11, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Naomi Baker, age 87, peacefully passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 in Knox Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon following a sudden illness just five months after the passing of her beloved husband Dale.

Naomi was born May 8, 1930 the only child of Fred & Ethel (Collins) Miller in Mansfield. After Naomi was graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1948, she furthered her education at Ashland College and later returned to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education.

She met her neighbor C. Dale Baker at a free picture show in Bellville and the pair dated for three years before getting married on August 27, 1950. Together they raised three children on the family farm in Bellville which has been the center of Naomi’s family for five generations.

“Mrs. Baker” was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher in the Clear Fork School District for over 30 years and continued substitute teaching after her retirement. She touched the lives of countless Bellville and Butler students with her patience and kindness.

In spare time, she enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and cooking. But above all, Naomi was family-oriented and cherished the time they spent together.

She was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville and was an active 4-H leader when her kids were growing up.

Naomi is survived by her children Bethany & Mike Adams, Beverly Baker, and Mark Baker all of Bellville; grandchildren Kristin & Mike Forsythe of Bellville, Ryan & Amanda Adams of Bellville, Damon & Cassity Baker of Utica, and Austin Baker of Bellville; great-grandchildren Ethan Fox, Hailee Huffman, Madison Adams, and Kaden Baker; sister-in-law Eileen Smith of Mt. Vernon; brother-in-law Bob & Dixie Garverick of Fredericktown; cousins Paul, Janie, David, and Fred Collins; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Dale, her loving husband of 66 years.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home (81 Mill Rd) where a funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Naomi’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Naomi was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. I am so fortunate to have had her as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mrs. Baker was an excellent teacher to all five of my children. She actually requested to have all five of them and we are very happy that she did. She touched their lives and I considered her a wonderful friend. My sincere sympathy to the entire family. Bellville has lost a great person. Love, Bev Snavely Cole

  • Mrs Baker was not only a wonderful person but a unforgettable teacher who many will remember the rest of their lives. Our deepest sympathy to all her Family and Friends.

  • My heart goes out to the family of Naomi. She was always such a sweet lady and I always enjoyed our little talks. She was one of my favorite patients at PAVC. Sue( formerly from Park Avenue Vision Clinic.

    • Our prayers go out for Naomi and her loving Family 🙏🏻💕💕💕💕we all ways enjoyed talking to her .🌟. Cecil and Pat Flynn and Family

  • I want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of Noami s family. When we lived in the farmhouse that belonged to Naomis parents was one of the happiest times of our lives. We had so much fun with Dale, Noami, Bethany, Bev, and Mark. Those were the days. Thanks for the memories. I am so sorry to hear of Noami s passing. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Naomi I will miss you so much you were such an amazing 3rd grade teacher . I know you are with Dale. I will miss our chats at Dr Elders office about how I was your student and the person the squad was and your nurse at the hospital was “Rest in Peace Naomi💜I will miss you😘🌷

  • So sorry to hear of her passing, she was one wonderful and caring ĺady. I have known her a long,long time . My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family..

  • Naomi, what a fine lady, and an excellent teacher. Both my children were inspired by your method of teaching. As I was by Naomi’s mother. I remember fondly working with Naomi at San-Dar. She was raising a family, helping Dale on the farm and going to college, while working part time at San-Dar.

  • Mrs. Baker was my 3rd grade teacher and a very special teacher at that. Thank you for helping to inspire my lifelong journey of learning at such an early age. My prayers and condolences for your family and loved ones. Rest In Peace.

  • Mrs. Miller was my 3rd grade teacher. One of the nicest teachers I’ve ever had. Prayers for her family. She had a beautiful soul. Heaven has gained an angel.

  • Naomi was a lovely person with a sweetness about her that made her easy to love. It was a privilege knowing her, and having her as a teacher in our community. My sympathy to the family.

  • Mrs. Baker was the best teacher with the best memory for the students that she taught. She always had a smile on her face and would talk to you. Whenever we saw her she would ask about our daughter that she had in the second grade, mind you she graduated in 2006. We would see her every year at the Bakers fourth of July party and I would sit and talk with her. I always looked forward to that, we missed it this year and now we will miss her for years to come.

  • My condolences to Bev and her family. I use to spend alot of time at the Baker house with Bev in my teen years and Naomi always made me feel welcome . Now reunited in heaven with Dale. What a beautiful thing. My thoughts and prayes are with you all.

  • To the families, so very sorry for the passing of your loved one. We remember Dale and Naomi from both of us employed at the J.B. Foote F0undry and their wonderful employee picnics they had. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • To all the families may happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Our deepest sympathy .

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Baker was so awesome. When we were in 1st grade we had Mrs Miller, her mom. Beth Maugans and I thought we were so cool because she would have us run things up to Mrs Baker during class or go get something from her. They were two wonderful teachers. Mrs. Baker was loved by so many. I’m sure she will be missed. I’m so glad she got on Facebook and got to talk to us all. My condolences to all of you.

  • I WILL BE SAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME WITH THE PASSING OF MY DEAR COUSIN.I WILL CHERISH THE LIFE TIME OF MEMORIES WE MADE.LOVED TO HEAR HER STORIES OF HER TEACHING DAYS THAT SHE LOVED SO MUCH AND THE DEVOTION TO HER FAMILY.THE BOND THAT WE SHARED WAS SO VERY SPECIAL.WILL MISS HER DEARLY.
    MY CONDOLENCES TO MARK,BEVERLY,AND BETH,AND TO THIER FAMILIES.
    LOVE,JANIE COLLINS

    • Thank you Janie, I know Mom cherished you and your brothers, you were the siblings she never had. Though your lives took very different directions, you took to the skies while her feet were firmly planted at the farm, she always loved staying in touch with you.

  • Our Condolences to the Family of Naomi Jean Baker 🙏🏻💕💕💕💕we always enjoyed talking to her 🌟 🌟

  • Bethany I am so sorry for your loss of both of your parents. My prayers are with you and I am here if you need me. I love you your friend, Diane.

  • My favorite memory of Naomi Jean is the time, when we were kids, that we slid down the straw stack and waded in the watering trough in the Miller’s barnyard. Ah, the joys of youth! We gals of the Class of ’48 will miss her at our annual Bellville Fair luncheon. She was planning to attend.
    Mary Louise (Hoeflich) Thomas,

  • My deepest sympathies to the Baker family. I will forever remember her as one of my favorite teachers. She was loved my so many, and will surely be missed.

  • Beth, Bev and Mark, I am very sorry for your loss. All of my memories of Naomi are of her smiling and laughing and bringin’ out all that wonderful food for our outdoor picknick table get togethers at the farm. Your mom was a loving and kind person and will be missed for a very long time.

    Victor Collins

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your Mom was such a sweet friendly lady.
    May your many special memories help your during your time of sorrow.

    Larry and Luanne Dill

  • She was without doubt my favorite teacher from early elementary. Very kind and sweet. A great woman.

  • I deeply regret that I was out of town on retreat when Naomi died and unable to officiate at her funeral. I was honored to know her and would have been honored to speak of her life. She was always a good friend and faithful congregational member. Her giving spirit, her willingness to serve, and her optimistic cheerfulness blessed us all.

    May the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with the entire family as your grief at her death is added to your grief at Dale’s death.

    May the resurrected Jesus bring you all resurrection and life.

    And may the love of God – in whose heart Naomi is living in the fullness of joy – sustain you and bless you, just as it sustained and blessed Naomi and Dale.