Mrs. Verna Baker, who had been in poor health for many years passed away last Sunday morning, February 15, 1942, at 9:45 o'clock in St. Anthony's hospital in Dodge City after a lingering illness.
The body was brought to Coldwater and funeral services were held in the Christian church in this city at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The services were in charge of the pastor, Dwight L. Lewis. Leroy and Raymond Lewis sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Sometime We'll Understand," and Mrs. Ferrel Guizlo and Mrs. Martha Zerby sang "When I Take My Vacation in Heaven." The pall bearers were Bert Griffith, N. D. King, Walter Thompson, M. D. Cowan, W. G. Jarnagin and Roy Fox. Burial was in Crown Hill cemetery by the side of a daughter, Farel Marie.
Verna Thomasson was born at Waco, Texas, August 30, 1886, and departed this life in Dodge City, Kans., February 15, 1942, at the age of 55 years, 6 months and 15 days.
Before moving to Coldwater in 1912 she lived in Kentucky and in Chanute, Kans. In 1935 she moved to Hutchinson and in 1939 to Dodge City; where she lived until her death. She was a resident of Coldwater 23 years.
On September 2, 1905, Mrs. Baker was united in marriage with Howard Baker. To this union seven children were born, six of whom survive her. She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, Ferel Marie; her parents, one sister and one brother. She is survived by three daughters; Mary Thompson, of Freedom, Okla., Esther Cunningham of Hutchinson, and Lucille Lappin of Dodge City; by three sons; Lawrence C. Baker, in the U. S. Army in California; Clayton H. Baker of Hutchinson, and Howard Baker Junior of Dodge City; also by one sister, Polly Thomasson, and five brothers - Archie, John, Nelson, William and Urey Thomasson and by 13 grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends.
For many years she had been in poor health and had suffered greatly. In recent years she was an invalid. In spite of her frail health she was a good mother, a faithful Christian worker and was patient in all her suffering. She had been a member of the Coldwater Christian church 23 years.
"The dear Lord's best interpreters
Are humble human souls;
The gospel of a life like hers
Is more than books or scrolls."
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