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Jane Miller Baker, 95, died at 1:05 a.m. Oct. 5, 2009, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.



She was born March 19, 1914, in Lima to Charles and Bertha Amstutz Miller, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 25, 1936, she married Arden R. Baker, who died May 13, 1982. They were married for 46 years.



Mrs. Baker was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Bluffton. She was a life member of St. John United Church of Christ, Bluffton. She was a member of Alpha Gamma, the Order of Eastern Star and several bridge clubs. She enjoyed knitting and quilting. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School, where she was an accomplished athlete and valedictorian. She attended Bluffton College, where she met her husband who was also a student. She spent the last years of her life at Maplecrest of Mennonite Communities and Mennonite Memorial Home, both in Bluffton.



“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31



Survivors include six children, Dr. Keith Arden (Carol Ewald) Baker, of Heber City, Utah, Dr. Elaine Baker, of Huntington, W.Va., Charles Allen (Carla Lind) Baker, of Hamilton, Mary Jane (William) Gavin, of Corvallis, Ore., Anita Jean Ryan, of Cincinnati, Margaret (William) Mann, of The Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren, Nicholas Baker, Jennifer (Ken) Willoughby, Amy Mann and Kara Mann; a brother, James F. Miller; a sister, Christine Wenger; and more than 100 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.



She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth Ryan; and two sisters, Kathleen Wenger and Margaret Brauen.



Memorial services will be held at a later date.



Memorial contributions may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society.



Arrangements are by Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Bluffton.


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