Janice K. Baker
September 12, 1940 – January 9, 2012
Our dear loving mother passed peacefully into God’s tender care while she slept January 9, 2012. She was born September 12, 1940 to Ervin & Cecile Reiber, in Washtucna, WA. Janice retired from Haskins Steel in 2005 after 33 years of service as their bookkeeper. She enjoyed many activities in life: square dancing, camping, gardening (she loved her roses!), sewing, reading, and cheering for Cougar and Zag basketball. She enjoyed her book club family and lady’s dining group very much. Janice was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Jerry Joe Baker, in 2004. She is survived by her son, Gary Baker (Tami) and daughter Jodi Bueckers (Craig Crocker). Grandchildren: Jerry, Ana-Maria, & Dumitra Baker, and Corde (Courtney) Kurtz and Shauna Kurtz. Great-grandchildren, Cayleigh & Cami Kurtz and Abigail Kurtz. Sister- and brother-in-law, Donna & Larry Van Hollebeke and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Janice had a huge, loving heart and was always there for her family and friends and also volunteered for community service organizations. She will be sorely missed as a mother, grandmother, and friend. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM at the Riverside/Greenwood Memorial Terrace Mausoleum, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.
- Visitation Friday, January 13, 2012
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 14, 2012
Janice K. Baker
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January 14, 2012
I remember first meeting you when Joe brought you to the farm at Prescott for Sunday dinner. You were full of life, enthusiasm, laughed and joked in such a natural and relaxed manner that it was as though you had been a member of the family for years!
I liked you immediately and looked forward to the future visits you would make to the farm.
Sunday, for me, was homework and more homework; you took such an interest in what I was studying, even helping me carry library books to the basement where I studied on the cardtable. We would not only talk about what I was studying but you would look through the books with me.
And Joe had always been so good to me, patiently helping me dress the puppy in doll clothes, wheeling the doll stroller back and forth on the sidewalk, the puppy being the passenger, and he was always smiling and laughing. How we loved his visits.
And now, he had brought you to us!
You and Joe were wonderful to me and I remain so very grateful.
I love you both,
January 13, 2012
I WAS FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH JAN FOR 30 YEARS. SHE WAS A GREAT FRIEND AND COWORKER. HER DEDICATION TO THE JOB WAS AN INSPIRAION TO ALL. HASKINS STEEL WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE AN EMPLOYEE LIKE JAN. AS A FRIEND SHE IS TREASURED, WE WILL MISS HER AT THE SEMI-ANNUL RETIRED PEOPLE LUNCHES. WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE LITTLE, SHE'D SET THEM ON THE FLOOR NEXT TO HER AS SHE WORKED, TALKING TO THEM AND INTERACTING WITH THEM. THEY GREW UP AS HER FRIENDS ALSO. THEY ALL SEND THEIR CONDOLENCES.
JODI, GARY, AND THE REST OF HER FAMILY, WE SHARE IN YOUR SORROW AND WISH THE BEST TO YOU ALL. JAN WAS SO PROUD OF
HER FAMILY. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED WITH AFFECTION.
LONNIE CHRISTIANSEN AND FAMILY
January 12, 2012
I worked with Jan for 10 years, spent more than 8 hours a day with her, and got to know her VERY well... I will always remember her as a kind loving woman... Can't wait to see you again someday Jan!
January 12, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. No one can replace your mama. Please let me know if you need anything Jodi.