Betty Lou Baker

Betty Lou Baker, 90, died Nov. 16, 2021, peacefully in her home in Ketchikan, surrounded by family.

She was born Betty Lou Thomas on Dec. 6, 1930, in Jump River, Wisconsin. Her family moved to Kingman, Arizona, in 1941.

After graduating in 1948 from Mohave County Union High School in Kingman, she attended Arizona State College in Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1951.

She moved to Craig in 1951, then to Ketchikan in 1952. In 1962, she moved her family to Yakima, Washington; and then to Seattle in 1970; to Farmington, New Mexico in 1987; and to Ketchikan in 2006.

She worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Ketchikan, ran a home daycare in Yakima, worked as a medical transcriptionist in Seattle, and provided respite care in Farmington. She was a member of the Ketchikan First Assembly of God.

“Her hobbies included reading, Bible study, crocheting, word puzzles and cooking for family and friends, which was her love language,” her family writes. “Betty opened her heart and home to many in need over the years; the names of which are too many to list.”

 Betty Lou Baker was preceded in death by her father, James M. Thomas; mother, Maud Marie Thomas; sister, Zelda Jeanne Lewis; and son, Roy E. Hoover.

She is survived by her sister, Shari Volpi of Prescott, Arizona; son, Steven (Kathy) Baker; daughters, KaLana (Mark) Kaufer and Darla Baker-O’Larick (Michael), all of Ketchikan; step-daughter Carol Warnock Duncan of Goldendale, Washington; daughter-in-law, Trish Hoover of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Jason (Jami) Neumeister, Alexis (Aaron) Ashcraft and Maria Baker, all of Ketchikan, Rodney Duncan and Johnny Duncan of Washington; great-grandchildren, Ciarra Dains, Colton Neumeister, Jonathan Higgins, Bella and Jayden Weber, Maylene and Kylan Ashcraft; and two great-great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Betty Lou Baker’s ashes will be scattered at the base of “Mom’s Mountain.”