Jan. 23, 1925-March 24, 2005
BRIGHTON, Colo. -- Margaret L. Baker, 80, formerly of Trenton, died Thursday (March 24, 2005) at the Brighton Care Center in Brighton, Colo.
She was born Jan. 23, 1925, to Clarence and Ellalou "Ella" (Seybold) Taul on a rented farm north of Trenton. She was the eldest of six children. At an early age, Margaret moved with her family to their own farm northwest of Trenton and this was to become the family home. She worked on the farm helping her father raise livestock and grain to support the family. She also worked at Eller's store in Trenton all through high school.
She attended Trenton Schools and graduated in 1940. She continued her education with Normal School to become a teacher. She taught at a country school eight miles south of Palisade.
On June 11, 1944, she was united in marriage to Harold E. Baker, in McCook, and to this union four boys were born. She traveled and lived with Harold on several assignments during World War II. After the war, the couple moved to the Baker homestead southwest of Palisade. She was a working partner on the farm and helped raise livestock and grain, while supporting their terracing business. She also kept the books for the farm. The couple took in two nieces and a nephew for several years after their children were raised.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 and 40, WIFE, and various other community groups. She served as an officer of several of these groups and was associated with many children's activities such as Girl's State, 4-H, as well as her church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ella Taul; brother, Donald; sisters, Anita Sitzman and Doris Hovey; and one infant son, James Dale Baker.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Baker of Brighton, Colo.; sons, Gene Baker and wife, Barbara of McCook, Joe Baker and wife, Sharlene of Brighton, Rodney Baker and partner, James Krueger of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Joyce Troxel and husband, Darell of California; brother, Jerry Taul and wife, Marilyn of Trenton; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services are Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment will follow services at the Trenton Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 1-6 p.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Stratton.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton is in charge of the arrangements.