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Ruth Evelyn (Middaugh) BakerDecember 7, 1918 ~ January 20, 2017 (age 98)
Ruth Evelyn Baker, age 98, of Huntington, went to be with her Lord, Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:24 am at The Heritage of Huntington.
Evelyn was born December 7, 1918, in Ossian, the daughter of Lawrence Arnold and Nellie May (Confer) Middaugh. She moved to Huntington in 1936 before her senior year of high school. She attended Huntington College and acquired her elementary education teaching certificate. She then taught first grade in Wren, OH. On August 16, 1942, she married her beloved husband of 57 years Earl DeWitt Baker. They moved frequently as he was a Navy pilot in WWII. After the war they moved to Reading, MI, where Dewitt taught at Reading High School. They accepted the call to missions in 1949 and moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa, with their sons Ronnie and Norman. First stationed at Bonthe, Evelyn was the Head Matron at Minnie Mull Girl’s School. They were later stationed in Gbangbaia, then Mattru, and later Bumpe. 2 daughters, Joyce and Annette were added to the family. While in Mattru, their 8 -year- old son Norman was killed in a launch boat accident. They returned to the United States in 1965 when DeWitt accepted the call to be Huntington College President (1965-1981). Evelyn was a member of College Park United Brethren Church, Women’s Missionary Society, Huntington College Ladies Auxiliary and Garden Club. Evelyn willingly shared her musical talent by playing piano for Rotary Club and at local Nursing Homes. She was an avid bird watcher and loyal supporter of Huntington University Basketball.
She is survived by a son Ronald Paul (Jane) Baker of Berrien Springs, MI, 2 daughters Joyce Evelyn (Tom) Hewitt of Brazil, IN and Annette Marie (Dan) Shepherdson of Longwood, FL, 10 grandchildren Jennifer, Jeff, Julie, Chad, Eric, Tyler, Heather, Brian, Lisa, and Susanne and 23 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband DeWitt in May 2000, a son Norman Dean Baker, a brother Paul Middaugh and a sister Alvena Dolby.
Visitation will be held Friday January 27, 2017, from 6-8 pm at Deal-Rice Funeral Home- Huntington Chapel and 9:30 to 10:30 am Saturday, January 28, prior to the 10:30 am funeral service at College Park United Brethren Church. Pastor Gary Dilley will officiate. Burial will be Saturday January 28 at 3:00 pm in Bankers Cemetery, 7263 Bankers Rd., Hillsdale, MI.
Preferred memorials are to Huntington University or United Brethren in Christ Global Missions- designated to Mattru Hospital, c/o Deal-Rice Funeral Home, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington, IN 46750.