Ruthfena Baker

August 18, 1928August 24, 2018

Ruthfena “Nan Nan” Baker, 92, of Liberty, died at her residence Friday, August 24, 2018.

Ruthfena was born on August 18, 1926, in Manchester, Kentucky, to Chester and Vergie Davison Bowling She was the oldest of several children and left school in the sixth grade to help raise and take care of her siblings. Ruthfena married JT Baker in 1944. She enjoyed working in her yard and taking care of her flowers. She also enjoyed watching after her family. Ruthfena was a member of the Bible Believers Baptist Church in Liberty.

Ruthfena is survived by her children: Chester Baker of Cambridge City; Trudy Murray John, husband of Liberty; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruthfena is preceded in death by her husband: JT Baker, who died in 1988, two sons JT Baker, JR. and Ronald Baker.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, with Eric Bogdanski of Liberty officiating. Interment will follow in West Point Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, memorial contributions may be made to the Bible Believers Baptist Church. For additional information or to send condolences, go to


  • Visitation Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Carey Bogdanski

August 27, 2018

The birthday made me giggle. Her birth certificate shows her 2 years older. When she married my grandfather on February 6, 1944 she was 15-- not old enough to marry. Someone changed her birthday from August 18, 1928, to 1926 so they could be married. She indeed celebrated her 90th birthday a little more than a week ago. She repeated over and over she had the best birthday. So much of her family attended, it just blessed her heart. The Thursday before we had the 5 generation picture, featured above, in the paper. She used to love looking at them. It's only fitting that the last one she saw was her own.