Virginia Ruth Baker

Virginia Ruth Baker
May 2, 1919-Oct. 19, 2012
PLYMOUTH — Virginia Ruth Baker, 93, of Plymouth passed away at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 at her home with her loved ones by her side.
Virginia was born May 2, 1919 in Culver to Ambrose L. and Callie C. (Hawk) Martin. Her parents divorced in 1928 and Virginia never saw nor heard where her father was for the next 30 years. During her school years she lived with her grandparents John and Byrdie Hawk on a farm outside of Culver. She married Richard E. Baker in May 1936, together they raised their three children, Deanna (Richard) Langfeldt, Arlene (Chris) Batalis, and Richard Baker. The Bakers moved to Plymouth in 1955. Richard and Virginia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the island of Kauai before Richard passed away in October of 1986. After her husband passed away, Virginia spent her winter months in Zolfo Springs, Fla. until 2002.
Virginia worked as an inspector for Wagner Industries, later known as United Technologies and served as a president/financial secretary to the local IBEW union for the next 25 years. She was also a charter member of the Auxiliary of VFW in Culver with 50 years of continuous membership and was awarded a lifetime membership. Virginia belonged to the Culver Rebeccah Lodge and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star/Ivy Chapter 69.
She was known for her hobbies in which she displayed her ceramics and quilted pillows in the horse barn of the Blueberry Festival until 1988. For the past nine years, she has sold her quilted tops at the Topeka Quilt Show. She also loved to garden and work with flowers.
Virginia loved to travel. She has been to Stockton on the Tees, England, Scotland, Wales, Canada and 40 of the 50 United States. For the past 10 years she spent three weeks in Kauai, Hawaii.
Virginia is survived by her three children, two daughters; Deanna (Richard deceased) Langfeldt of Garrett; Arlene (Chris) Batalis of South Bend; and son, Richard Baker of Indianapolis. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Greg Langfeldt of Dallas, Texas; Connie (Sean) Deery of Culver; Jon (Lori) Langfeldt of Garrett, Tim Batalis of South Bend; Philip (Cindy) Batalis of Granger: Melanie Batalis of Indianapolis; Heather Baker of Plymouth; Stefanie Baker of Bourbon; 14 great-grandchildren, Drew, Conlan, and Shannon Deery of Culver; Nicholas Batalis of South Bend, Stephanie and Jason Batalis of Granger; Jena and Elizabeth Baker, Autumn Wilcox, Andrew Knowlton of Plymouth; Skylar and Dejena Thews and Parker and Eliza Posie of Bourbon. Sisters, Shirley (Jerry deceased) Clark of Springfield, Ill., Karen (Eugene) Deeds, Susan (Virgil) Hudkins both of Rochester, four brothers, Ronald (Dorothy) Martin of McAllen, Texas, Donald Martin of Florida, John Fisher of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jim (Mary) Fisher of Rochester. Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard, four brothers, Robert, Ralph, Charles, and LeRoy Martin, and her granddaughter, April Baker.

Memorials may be made to:
Ounce of Prevention
1001 E. Jefferson St.
Plymouth, IN 46563

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, noon to 2 p.m.
Van Gilder Funeral Home
300 W. Madison St.
Plymouth, IN 46563

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 2 p.m.
Van Gilder Funeral Home
The Rev. Paul Nye, Officiating

New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth