Mary Imogene "Jeanie" (Walling) Baker

Born: Sun., Oct. 6, 1929
Died: Mon., Feb. 8, 2016


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

7:00 PM Fri., Feb. 12, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mary Imogene “Jeanie” Baker, 86, Oblong, IL passed away on Monday February 8, 2016 at the Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham, IL.

Born on October 6, 1929 in Licking Township Crawford County north of Bellair, IL, she was the daughter of William Raymond “Ray” Walling and Dovie (Cox) Walling. On April 1, 1950 she married Cleve Duane “Bake” Baker and they were married for 62 years until Bake’s death in 2013.

Jeanie was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She was a member of the E.U.B. Church of Bellair for many years; a member of the Oblong High School Class of 1947; attended Eastern Illinois University, where she was one of the founding members of Delta Zeta Sorority; she was a member of the Oblong 20th Century Club; collected Fenton Glassware; she loved her flowers; gardening; entertaining; making wedding and birthday cakes for many people and in her later years she loved to travel.

Survivors include two son and a daughter-in-law Jerry and Cindy Baker, Oblong, IL and Randy Baker, Newton, IL; four nieces Sandra Lander of Fair Oaks, CA, Cindy Wade of Rocklin, CA, Erma Fielder of Oblong, IL and Darlene Ferguson of Franklin, TN; and one nephew Dale and Margaret Fielder of Oblong, IL.
Preceding Jeanie in death were her parent; husband; a brother Lieutenant Colonel William Keith Walling and a sister Norma Smith.

A Celebration of Jeanie’s life will be at 7:00 PM Friday February 12, 2016 at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL with Bro. Phil Boyd officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday February 13, 2016 At Washington Street Cemetery in Casey, IL.

The family requests that an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong High School FFA; Oblong Schools Art Dept or Oblong Schools Music Boosters with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Paula Miller Pavia
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
So sorry for your loss of such a great lady. Our mothers always sent each other the craziest birthday cards! Mom would even read your moms cards to me over the phone. She was definitely one of the best-natured, most fun-loving people I've ever met with the most contagious laugh! How many New Years Eve's (as youngsters) did we spend together while our folks played Pinochle?! We had some great folks! I hope your memories will help get you through this most difficult time. Your mother will be missed by many ❤️❤️❤️.

Mark Varner
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Our folks were friends for many years and had a lot of great times in their travels. Please allow me to offer my condolences.

Heritage Builders
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Randy, All of us at Heritage Builders sends our condolences to you and your family.

Barb Dalrymple Breen
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
Jerry and Randy, I was saddened to learn about Your Mother and so sorry for your loss. I have a smile on my face looking back over the years from grade school, high school and beyond with fun times at the " Baker" house. Especially the birthday cakes, what fun to see her creations! Memories are forever and I know you have many of Bake and Jeannie as I do to comfort you with your loss. Great lady! In sympathy, Barbie

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