Lois Baker, 91

Lois Evelyn Baker, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 16, 1920, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Charles C. and Eletha M. (Egolf) Nichols.She has resided her entire life in the Whitley County area, attending Thorncreek Center Elementary School and Columbia City High School. On March 22, 1947, she married Ralph E. Baker in Syracuse. She worked at Gripco, South Whitley, and retired April 1983, after 21 years of service as a shipping clerk. She was a member of Columbia City Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #1906 and Columbia City Post #5582 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue River Community Church where she served as the pianist for more than 13 years and was a member of the Mary Dell Circle of the church.Surviving relatives include her daughter, Julia Ann (Galen) Gilbert of Columbia City; four grandsons, David E. (Sally) Gilbert, Larry D. (Sharon) Gilbert of Columbia City, Michael W. (Elizabeth) Gilbert of Plainfield and James L. (Shannon) Gilbert of Auburn; eight great-grandchildren, Matthew and Melissa Gilbert of Columbia City, Christopher Gilbert of Florida, Cory Gilbert of Columbia City, Dustin Pulley of Wisconsin, Ross Pulley of Bloomington, Aaron Gilbert of Lafayette, Lucas Gilbert of Plainfield and Elizabeth Gilbert of Auburn and eight great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Baker; four sisters, Eletha Nichols Mathias, Norma Nichols Thomas, Georgia Nichols Stephan and Blanche Patton and four brothers, Paul, Ralph, Kenneth and Charles T. Nichols. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastors Curtiss Johnson and Kent Green officiating. The burial will follow at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Baker to Blue River Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.