Betty Jane Baker

July 11, 1924October 13, 2011

Betty Jane Baker (age 87) passed away October 13, 2011 in Coeur d’Alene. She was born July 11, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Maude G. and Dr. William Asa Baker. She served in the US Navy during World War II. She traveled the country for a few years, with the goal of visiting each state. Betty would move and work to earn enough money for a train ticket to the next state. She eventually lived in about 35 states. At the age of 45 she learned to drive a car, but for years would make only right hand turns. She returned to school and earned her high school diploma in Reno, NV at age 51 – graduating the same year as her oldest daughter (1975). Betty then attended community college in Reno, obtaining the training to work as a mental health technician, a job she dearly loved. She enjoyed white water rafting and tubing in her 70’s. She is especially remembered for her sense of humor and her patriotism. Betty is survived by her children, Gail Brimhall (Shannon) of Post Falls, ID, Linda Tuccillo of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Steve Astlund (Patty) of Post Falls, Regan Butler of Tipp City, OH; grandchildren, Jordan and Holly Brimhall, Cody and Jessi Astlund, Hunter Tuccillo, Will, Reilly, Sam and John Butler; sister-in-law, Charlene Lewandowski; nephew, Paul Baker and his sons Nicholas and Ryan; niece, Janet Baker, all of the Chicago area. Special thanks to the folks at Pinewood Care Center for their wonderful, loving care for Betty. A private family gathering will be held in the future. Arrangement entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home in Spokane, WA.


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October 24, 2011

Betty you left this world a better place than you found it. You were so sweet and funny. I love that you drove Linda crazy. I will always remember you with a smile. Love, Patty Kolar (Marthasville,MO)

Lyly & David Gelles

October 20, 2011

Betty, It was such a pleasure to have known you. You made everyone around you smile. Peace be with you, always

LeAnda Cannaday

October 20, 2011

I am so glad that I had the chance to meet yor mother. You have my deepest sympathies on your loss.

Margaret Miles

October 19, 2011

Betty: I can just picture you laughing, and singing with the angels!You always made everyone you came in contact with, smile. I loved that about you. You will be dearly missed by family and friends. Heaven is a much better place, now that you are there !!!

Julie Ann Weinand

October 19, 2011

What a beautiful woman, and what an exciting life you led. I had no idea. So loved reading about you.

Steve Donna Miller

October 19, 2011

The stories I miss, a laugh no one can resist! "Betty Jane Baker" May you rest in Peace. I'm sure all the other Angels are getting an earful and enjoying the stories! I remember the day I met you and the tearful last day in Vegas :(..
Gail, Linda and Steve,
We are truly sorry for your loss. May only the fondest joyful moments stay forever in your hearts! Your mom was truly one of the best and one of a kind!
Love you BETTY JANE BAKER,, your friend Brooklyn (Bronx)

Betty Manton Gowers

October 19, 2011

Betty: Your story is so beautiful, and your heart was always full. You wernt afraid to live. We love you grandma Jeremy and Emma Manton and Betty and Paul Gowers

Linda Tuccillo

October 18, 2011

Mom I will miss you and your sweet smile..... I know you are having the time of your life seeing all those who have gone before you.......You are the best mother anyone could of asked for and more......There is so much to say,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I love you and will for eternity..............Rest in Peace mom I will be ok .....................What a wild ride it has been for all of us.................I was lucky to have you!!!!!! I love you ...... Linda

Regan Butler

October 18, 2011

Can't wait to see you again. I'll bring the popcorn. Love you forever.

Charlene Leweandowski

October 16, 2011

To my Dear sister-in-law Betty, You have left me with wonderful memories & some of the best times of my life. I will miss you . Rest in peace. I wuv you!