Diana J. Baker

February 8, 1942July 5, 2018

Diana Jane Baker, 76, of Bloomington died Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Bell Trace Health and Living. She was born February 8, 1942 in Rushville, IN to Fred W. McGinnis Jr. and Jane Elizabeth Ertel McGinnis. She was a counselor and dental hygienist for 55 years.

Diana was an active, fun loving lady. She sang in IU's Singing Hoosiers in college and the "Lost Brothers" as a rock and roll star later in life. Among her many accomplishments, she volunteered for the Dean of Students in Mediation Services, which she created. She was the past president of Stonebelt, Big Brothers - Big Sisters, Boys Club and Fairview PTA. Most recently she was awarded the Charles W. Gish lifetime achievement award for community services by the Indiana Dental Association.

Survivors include her children, Dr. Lisa J. Baker (partner Dr. Barbara K. Siwy), Michael David Baker (fiance Barzilai Martinez) and Sally Elizabeth Baker-Branam (husband Ira Lee Branam) all of Bloomington; her life partner, Thomas L. Carter of Bloomington; a sister, Marilyn Hall Lambert (husband David Lambert) of Greenwood; two nieces, Annie Houston and Erin McGinnis; eight nephews, J. W. and Josh McGinnis, Dan and Carl Baker, Sean and David Bauer, Dr. Steven Vallery and Kevin Hall; and three furry grandchildren, Poncho, Pancake and Shiva. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Curtis Jay McGinnis.

Diana attended Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and Unity Church of Bloomington. She enjoyed gardening, music, traveling and supporting I.U. athletics.

There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM with a service to follow at 5:00 PM in Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.


  • Fred W. McGinnis Jr., Father
  • Jane Elizabeth McGinnis, Mother
  • Dr. Lisa (partner Dr. Barbara K. Siwy) J. Baker, Daughter
  • Michael (fiance Barzilai Martinez) David Baker, Son
  • Sally (husband Ira Lee Branam) Elizabeth Baker-Branam, Daughter
  • Thomas L. Carter, Life Partner
  • Marilyn(husband David Lambert) Hall Lambert, Sister
  • Curtis Jay McGinnis., Brother
  • Annie Houston, Niece
  • Erin McGinnis, Niece
  • J. W. McGinnis, Nephew
  • Josh McGinnis, Nephew
  • Dan Baker, Nephew
  • Carl Baker, Nephew
  • Sean Bauer, Nephew
  • David Bauer, Nephew
  • Dr. Steven Vallery, Nephew
  • Kevin Hall, Nephew
  • and three furry grandchildren, Poncho, Pancake and Shiva.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 8, 2018

Diana J. Baker

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sally Branam

July 13, 2018

Mother beautiful inside outside she inside mine heart forever I love you to moon. Back loved watching movies gh swimming shopping bedtime story child u loved me who Iam I will always love u heart of gold never be forgotten miss you see u agin you light of life never be the same Love youngest child daughter forever BFF lifetime mother taught up down most all Give up I sick sa lly

Thomas Carter

July 13, 2018

Diana, my sweet kind and forgiving love. Your candle burned the brightest of all. If we were lost for a moment we could always find your bright light to lead us back to the joy of life.
Through sorrow and pain, through loss and heartbreak. As powerful as a sun the light you gave to us remains. You entrusted us with this and we will not fail you.
We carry your candle every moment and will share it with all of those we encounter throughout our lives. You are missed, you are loved.
We feel your holy spirit every moment of the the day and night. In peace you travel, and in your grace we continue. We carry you, we carry your bright light with us always.

Luanne Chamness

July 13, 2018

I have been out of town so I was not able to attend Diana's service. I am so sorry for your loss but I am thankful for her to be out of her misery. I will always remember her as a fun-loving dear person. She will be missed but cherish your memories and happy smile.

Ken and Bonnie Todd

July 13, 2018

We are so very sorry to hear of Diana's passing. We have been, and are, out of town and unable to offer in person our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the many family and friends who loved her.

Diana always brightened our day whenever we saw one another. She always had a warm smile, a cheerful laugh, good memories to share, and encouraging, uplifting words to offer. She was delightful.

I and Bonnie will miss my long-time friend from Rushville.

Ken and Bonnie Todd

Ian Mott

July 9, 2018

From the first time she cleaned my teeth we shared a deep conversation. We had so many good conversations over the years. Diana always had a smile and a warm heart.

Dr. Richard Leyda

July 9, 2018

I've known Diana from a long time back and just wanted to express my condolences to especially Sally and Lee. We were neighbors for quite some time. Also my sympathies to the rest of the family.
Dr. Richard Leyda

rex miller

July 8, 2018

So sorry about your mom ,Lisa! She was a beautiful soul, and we will miss her!

J. Kelley Blair

July 8, 2018

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. Diana was an engaging and beautiful spirit. She will be missed by all who knew her. May you find peace and comfort in the cherished memories of Miss Diana. God's newest angel will be watching over you.

J. Kelley Blair
Brittany Blair

Bonnie (Dale) Irby

July 7, 2018

My heart is sad. Sending love, hugs, prayers to your family. You were always a joy to be around.

Evelyn Powers

July 7, 2018

Diana was, truly, a gorgeous woman, inside and out. Her spirit was sweet and kind. Like me and so very many others, she believed in serving our community in hopes it would become more loving, compassionate, and, vibrant. There was never a time I saw her I didn't see that beautiful smile and a question about my health and/or well being. Diana was special and I am so very grateful to have known her. May she rest in peace. Evelyn Powers, Bloomington