Evelyn Jeraldine “Jerry” Baker, nee Reeves, 85, of Marissa, IL, born September 13, 1937, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away on Tuesday January 31, 2023, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. Jerry, as she was affectionately known, was a homemaker, working tirelessly to feed and clothe her family of 10. Once her nest was empty, she began working at Sparta Wal-Mart, a job she truly enjoyed and where she made many friends. She also volunteered at the former Community Closet in Marissa. She enjoyed traveling, having been all over the US, parts of Europe, and briefly resided in Australia with her family. Her faith was very important to her and was a past member First Baptist Church in Marissa. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook, Scrabble player, loved trivia nights and doing embroidery, but her greatest joy came in the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her loving husband John Baker, Jr, whom she married on October 3, 1953, in Alorton, IL and who passed away October 9, 2013, father Elzie T. Reeves, mother J. Everette (Blackwell) Rody, brother-in-law Bob Gregory, granddaughter Windy Schneidenbach, a grandson in infancy – Jeremy Baker and her inlaws – John S. and Carrie Vee Baker.
Leaving behind to mourn her passing are her eight children – John (Pamela) Baker, III of Marissa, IL, Mary (William Gosnell) Schneidenbach of Kirkwood, MO, Karen (Hubert Jr.) Kruse of Washington, MO, Karl (Nina) Baker of Ispei, Germany, Diana (Eddie) Kane of Marissa, IL, William (Sharmilla) Baker of Waverly, IA, Elizabeth (Martin) Kehoe of St. Libory, IL and Rebecca (Glenn) Pearl of St. Louis, MO, one sister – Mary Ann Gregory of Washington, MO, 24 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and many others in the large blended families.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to Sonshine Corner Thrift Shop in Marissa, IL.
Visitation: 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday February 3, 2023, and again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday February 6, 2023, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL. The split visitation times are necessary to accommodate out of town relatives.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday February 6, 2023, at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL with Pastor Homer Hanshaw officiating. Interment will follow at Marissa TWP Cemetery.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.