Berneta Joyce Baker

BLOOMINGTON — Berneta Joyce Baker, 85, of Bloomington, died at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at her home. 

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City with Curt Nettles and Scott Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born March 22, 1933, in Clifty, Ky., a daughter of Guy and Flossie Irene McPherson Moore. She married Raymond F. Baker on June 25, 1955, and they were married for 39 years. He died July 11, 1994.

Surviving are her two daughters, Kimberly (Michael) Brandon of Bloomington and Teresa (Jim) Crall of Yorktown, Ind.; four grandsons, Heath (Helen) Brandon of Normal, Seth (Alicia) Brandon of Gilbert, Ariz., and Jacob and Joshua Crall of Yorktown, Ind.: six great-grandchildren, Philip, Jack, James, Ruby, Pierce and Jade Brandon; a sister, Martha Sue (Joe) Smith of Sidney; three brothers, Ronald Moore of Gibson City, Johnny (Brenda) Moore of Fairbury and Jimmy (Karen) Moore of Melvin; and a brother-in-law, Ron Mosby of Deer Park, Texas.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bobby Moore; a sister, Leatrice Mosby; and two sisters-in-law, RoseAnn Moore and Marlene Moore.

Mrs. Baker was the second child of seven. She was born in Kentucky but grew up on a farm near the Gibson City area. She attended a country school near Gibson City for her elementary education and then completed two years of high school in Gibson City. Then, her family moved to a farm near Fairbury and she graduated from Forrest-Strawn Wing High School in 1952.

Mrs. Baker met her future husband at the free show in Strawn. After he returned from the Korean Conflict, she and Raymond married. They made their home in Forrest and raised two daughters. She was a homemaker and had a housecleaning business. She was a hard worker who made this world a better place for all of us.

Mrs. Baker committed her life to God as a teenager and spent her life serving God, loving Him with all of her heart, soul and mind. She was a member of the Church of Christ on Northtown Road in Normal. She will be fondly remembered for always serving others.

Mrs. Baker was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma and will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Royyuru, Dr. Kumar, Elizabeth Wilson and Synergy for their care while she dealt with bone cancer and dementia. Special “thank yous” go to Angie Peacock for the love and care she gave to Mrs. Baker, Advocate Hospice for the comfort and care in her final days, and all the love and prayers from brothers and sisters in Christ.

Memorials may be directed to Illinois Cancer Care in Bloomington.

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