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Marijo I. Baker, 75, of Kokomo, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born Nov. 30, 1942, in Kokomo, to Mervin R. and Maxine A. (Finch) Main. On Aug. 14, 1976, she married Edward L. Baker, at the Cassville United Methodist Church, and he survives.
Marijo graduated from Kokomo High School in 1961 and earned an associate's degree from Indiana University Kokomo. She worked at Delco Electronics, from where she retired in 1995 with 30 years of service. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and knitting and was an avid world traveler. She and Ed took great pride in their home, which was on the Garden Walk in 2001 and was the place for family gatherings. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the Howard County Master Gardeners, and the Kokomo Rose Society and was an active volunteer at the Kokomo Community Gardens.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, John E. (Melinda) Baker, Portland, Oregon; seven daughters, Deborah K. (Kerry) Kirkley, Santa Clarita, California, Michelle (Phillip) Sherman, Converse, Stephanie A. (Gene) South, McKinney, Texas, Mindy M. (William) Small, Wentzville, Missouri, Missy Dinger, Delphi, Mikki (Dennis) Herrell, Peru, and Vicky (Steve) Harris, Kokomo; 17 grandchildren, Kyle (Beth) Kirkley, Amy (Tony) Abbott, Kinsey (David) Romberger, Michael Sherrow, Kristi (Chris) Santoya, Jennifer (Tim) Hines, Christian (Tisha) McAmis, Elliot (Jessica) McAmis, Ashley Wills, Bobby (Angie) McAmis, David Harley (Adrienne) Wills, Evan Herrell, Josie (Joe) Harris, Avery Herrell, Sydney (Greg) Harris, Erin Herrell and Amanda Small; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother, John Herbert (Patsy) Main, Lagrange; one sister, Natalie A. Frew, Monticello; one brother-in-law, Richard W. Baker, Newport Beach, California; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Main.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 E. Southway Blvd., Kokomo, with Pastor Mitch Norwood officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road., Kokomo and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital or Riley Hospital for Children. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on December 26, 2017
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