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Sophie Baker, 89, volunteered at Columbia Regional Hospital for 30 years

June 22, 2013 | 8:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Sophie Baker of Columbia died Friday, June 21, 2013. She was 89.

She was born May 21, 1924, in Madison, Ill., to Louis and Mary (Jagroff) Gushleff.

During World War II, she worked in the Army Depot in Granite City, Ill., coordinating railroad supply shipments. She married John Baker on November 19, 1950. Mrs. Baker was a homemaker and mother of five.

In her free time, Mrs. Baker enjoyed traveling, golf, trips to the casino and following the Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. She was also an avid volunteer. Starting in 1980 when she moved to the area, she volunteered at Columbia Regional Hospital for 30 years.

Mrs. Baker is survived by her children, Marty Baker, and wife, Linda, of Little Rock, Ark., Mark Baker, and wife, Lynn, of St. Louis, Kevin Baker, and wife, Dee Dee, of Bradley, Ill., Mary Jane Scieszinski, and husband, Greg, of Clive, Iowa, and Laura Williamson, and husband, David, of Columbia; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her husband, John Baker, her parents, three brothers and one sister died earlier.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

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