Orpha "Babe" Agnes Gray Baker
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Orpha Agnes Baker (Gray) "Babe", age 100 years and 7 months, of Clark Retirement Community, Clark on Keller Lake, formerly of Lake City and Caledonia. The widow of Forrest Baker passed away on November 12, 2020 and will be greatly missed by many. Surviving are her son, Bernard Baker; granddaughter, Kathleen Baker; her sister, Patricia Gray Foster; sister-in-law, Pat Gray; many nieces, nephews and great nieces, nephews and friends. Agnes was born March 24, 1920 in Merritt, MI to Margaret (Nixon) and Harry Gray. She graduated from Lake City High School and worked for Health Dept. #1 (First Health Dept. in the State of MI) right out of high school in Lake City and surrounding areas. She married Forrest Baker in 1941 and they made their home in Caledonia. Agnes was a good bookkeeper and worked in the Middleville and Caledonia State banks. In 1952 she was widowed at the age of 32 and raised her son alone, with support of her family. She worked at Nelson B. Good and Sons Chevrolet in Caledonia and in 1964 started work at Community Health Services before moving to Grand Rapids in 1973. She retired in 1988 after 22 years at Community Health Services. She loved working outside and, like her roses and impatiens, thrived in the wonderful outdoors. She was a proud volunteer with the Sunshine Guild of Kent Community Hospital for many years. After moving to Clark on Keller Lake in 2005 she continued her volunteering by staffing their market, organizing and playing games with other residents and working the annual craft sales at the "big house." Over the years, she accumulated over 10,000 volunteer hours. Until a few years ago, she was very active and walked at least a mile each day and clocked up around 365 miles annually.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers, Raymond "Bud" and George; sisters, Marguerite and Mary; brothers-in-law; her nephew, Raymond Whitney; and her much loved daughter-in-law, Carol.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation or service. Agnes will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband in Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Clark Benevolent Fund or a charity of your choice are encouraged. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com.