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Mary Leah (Ferrell) Baker

March 9, 1927 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 93)

Obituary

Mary L. Baker, age 93 of Coshocton, formerly of Freeport, died on April 14, 2020, in her apartment at Windsorwood Place, Coshocton, Ohio.

Born in Massillon, Ohio March 9, 1927, she was a daughter of the late John Homer Ferrell and Marion Elizabeth Culberson Ferrell.

She was a 1946 graduate of Freeport High School where she had been a cheerleader.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 68 years, Lewis E. (Ed) Baker, who died September 8, 2015.  They were married October 15, 1947.

Mary was co-owner of Baker’s Foods in Freeport from 1947 to 1983. She worked in the meat department for twenty years.

Mary enjoyed traveling especially with A/G and ECO food retailer groups. She and Ed visited the Drake Hotel in Chicago, The Peabody Hotel in Memphis and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado.  She and Ed travelled to the Bahamas, Cancun, England, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Monaco.

They once made a cross country road trip to California before the Interstate Highway System. While there they visited family and went to Knott’s Berry Farm. They took a most memorable family vacation to The New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Mary enjoyed wintering for many years in Naples, Florida. For several years she was an avid golfer!

She enjoyed her friends and playing cards with good friends Pettays and Millesons! She shuttled Gary to countless Little League games, basketball practices, Boy Scout meetings and Gary’s band The Rebells practices and performances.

She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Coshocton, and was a longtime member of the Freeport Presbyterian Church where she had formerly been a deacon.  She was a member of the Freeport Order of Eastern Star #319 and the Stillwater Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.

Her husband, Lewis Edwin Baker died September 8, 2015. They were married October 15, 1947.

Surviving are two sons: Richard L. (Jeanne) Baker of Dover and Gary E. (Terrie) Baker of Coshocton; a granddaughter Heather (Clay) Utley of San Antonio, Texas; a grandson Sean (Rachael) Baker of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and four great-grandsons: Max Utley, Griffin Utley, Levi Baker, and Ari Baker.

Mary was also preceded in death by three brothers: Dale, Donald and Robert Ferrell.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Freeport Presbyterian Church at a time to be announced later. A private graveside service and burial will be held in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Freeport Presbyterian Church and Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County.

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