Mary Lou Baker

July 16th, 1938 to July 21st, 2023

Mary Lou Baker, 85, of Kimball Township, passed away peacefully Friday, July 21, 2023.

She was born July 16, 1938 to the late Charles and Wilhelmina Roehl and spent her childhood on the family farm in Smiths Creek. She attended and graduated from Marysville High School in 1955. She married Garrett “Tex” Baker on February 19, 1962 in St. Martin Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2022.

Mary Lou worked as a bookkeeper at Fred Stanley’s Grocery for many years. She enjoyed putting together very complex puzzles, playing cards and games (especially Scrabble), crocheting many love-filled afghans and creating fantastic baked goods and Christmas candy, including potent chocolate covered cherries! Attending her family’s draft horse-pulling competitions was a source of pride and tradition. Mary Lou loved helping with family gatherings and was always an available sitter. Many young relatives benefitted from her care and treats both before and after school.

She and Tex loved to travel in his many restored classic cars and custom-made motor homes, always taking the back roads. In their lifetime, they traveled to all 49 continental United States. Their favorite places could be found in any of the major mountain ranges, including the Swiss Alps.

Mary Lou is survived by two brothers-in-law, Gilford Baker and James Barr; sister-in-law, Nancy Roehl; many nieces and nephews, including special ones, Jill Barr (Louie Riffenburg), Aaron (Linda) Baker and Owen (Mary) Baker; many great nieces and nephews; and a great-great nephew, August Baker. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Tex; brother, Richard Roehl; and sisters, Joan Barr and Sharon Baker.

At Mary Lou’s request, cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2023 in the Marysville Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2023 in the Marysville Funeral Home. The Reverend Michael Opferman of Pilgrim Lutheran Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clair County 4-H. To send condolences, visit

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