Vera L. Baker
September 05, 1931 ‒ May 07, 2018
Vera L. Baker, age 86, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Marion General Hospital following a brief illness.
On September 5, 1931, Vera was born in Waldo, Ohio, one of three children of the late Forest H. “Bud” and Darlene (Wilson) Smith. She graduated from Waldo High School in the class of 1949.
While in high school Vera met Bruce Baker. They officially started dating in 1946 when she was a freshman and he was a junior. After a five year courtship, Vera and Bruce were married in her home on July 3, 1951, and they have been by each other’s side every moment of their sixty six years of marriage.
Vera worked for the United States Postal Service for 25 years serving as a postal clerk in both the Waldo and Marion Post Offices. She retired in 1995.
Dedicated to the Waldo community, Vera supported her husband, Bruce, as mayor for twenty six years and even briefly served as mayor herself. She also served on the Fort Morrow Fire Auxiliary and was a member of the Waldo Mother’s Club. She also served all of Marion County as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and had been a member of the Knights of Pythias.
Vera was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday school.
Always up for an adventure, Vera could have bags packed and ready to go in minutes. According to Bruce they “traveled a little bit of everywhere,” which really meant they traveled all over the world together. They traveled from coast to coast, to Alaska, Barcelona / South America, Europe, “the Holy Lands,” and several trips to the Caribbean. They also loved going to baseball games and were avid Cincinnati Reds and OSU Buckeye fans .They even went to spring training for the Reds on many occasions in both Florida and Arizona.
A voracious reader, Vera loved a fiction novel and would read one book after another. She also enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family, and she loved “finding a good deal” especially at thrift stores. Vera also enjoyed refinishing woodwork for her family and friends.
Vera “was most proud of her family.” Her favorite time of the year was the holidays, and she loved hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas, filling her house with everyone she loved. She was all of her children and grandchildren’s biggest fans, never missing a ball game or event they participated in.
Vera had a heart of gold, and she was “always trying to do something for someone,” always put the needs of others before her own.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Bruce Baker; three children: Linda (Yog) Kleppinger of Marion, Bruce “Gene” (Kim Gardner) Baker of Delaware, and Sandee (Kim) Lauer of Prospect; eight grandchildren: Kylee (Tony) Kusian, Aubree and Zackery Kleppinger, Benjamin and Brent Baker, and Bethani (Cory) Temple, Nicholas (Erin) Lauer, and Kelsi (fiancé Corey Gerdeman) Lauer; three great-grandchildren: Coen Kusian, and Cambree and Benton Temple; a sister, Sharon (Lloyd) Mahaffey; and several nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, Vera was preceded in death by her teenage son, Buddy Ray Baker in 1976; and brother, John Hoke “Jack” (Betty) Smith.
Her family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow at 3 p.m. with Minister Mike Fogle officiating. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Morrow Fire Station 600, 306 N. Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356, or to Waldo United Methodist Church, 141 S. Marion St., Waldo, OH 43356.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Vera’s family and your condolences may be expressed with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.