Barbara Louise (Hassinger) Baker


FARMER CITY — Barbara Louise (Hassinger) Baker, 87, of Farmer City, passed away at 4:40 p.m. on October 22, 2019, at her family residence, Farmer City.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon.  Visitation will be held from 1–3 p.m. on Saturday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Barbara Baker Scholarship Fund for Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

Barbara was born on August 6, 1932, in Clinton,  the daughter of Robert and Bessie (Hale) Hassinger.  She married Dorwin Baker on July 16, 1952, in Chicago.

Survivors include her husband, Dorwin Baker, Farmer City; children:  Deborah (Bill) Carter, Nokomis, Fla.; Brenda Baker, Sarasota, Fla.; Beverly Healey, Powell, Tenn.; Gary (Denise) Baker, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Doug (Jeannie) Baker, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Maria Clark and Iris Leiva, exchange students, whom they thought of as their own children; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Shayla Upchurch; two brothers:  Robert and James Hassinger; and cousin “sister,”  Wilma Woodring.

Barbara graduated from radio electronics school in Omaha, Neb.  She worked at The John Warner Bank, State Farm Insurance and  Illinois Central Railroad for 19 years, and UPS for 15 years.

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