LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — Mary Jane Baker, 70, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday at her residence with her loving husband by her side. She was born on Nov. 29, 1941, in Lawrenceville. She was the daughter of George Lewis and Elsie Eellen (Jones) Snyder. She was married to her first husband Leroy William “Bill” Shoulders for 39 years and he preceded her in death March 9, 1996. She married Rev. Marion Lee Baker on Dec. 16, 1997, in Lawrenceville, and he survives. Mary Jane was a dedicated housekeeper at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. She enjoyed crocheting and loved to cook and bake for her family and friends and especially for church dinners. She was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leroy William (Bill) Shoulders; one brother, Frank Snyder; and one sister, Janice Moore. Mary Jane is survived by her loving and devoted husband Marion; one loving son, Thomas William Shoulders of Bridgeport; two loving daughters, Pamula Rae Preston and husband Martin of Washington and Tamula Kay Gaiter and husband Joe of Lawrenceville; three stepsons, John Baker and wife Candice of Naples, Fla., Matthew Baker and wife Heidi of Aurora, Ill., Phillip Baker and wife Jenelle of Naples, Fla.; one sister, Marilyn Mahrenholz and husband Steve of Lawrenceville; six adoring grandchildren, Jessica Benson, Joey Gaiter, Michelle Preston, Kim Preston, Aaron Preston, Kailyn Shoulders; two stepgrandchildren, Kye Baker and Jeremiah Baker; and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be Wednesday at noon at Glasser Funeral in Bridgeport, with Rev. Gary Pearce officiating. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www. glasserfh.com.
Nov. 29, 1941 - Aug. 25, 2012
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