Betty Baker, age 81

Betty Baker

Feb. 1, 1934 - Dec. 18, 2015

Betty Baker, 81 of Murdo died on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at Avera Maryhouse in Pierre.      

Betty was born on Feb. 1, 1934 to Harry and Ruby (Lewis) Davis near Keystone. She grew up in Hill City and Newcastle, Wyo.   She met Claude Baker at the age of 15 and quit school at the age of 17 to marry him. They were married on April 21, 1951 and she claimed this is when her real education started.They moved to Murdo in October1958 where they made their home and raised their family.  

Family always meant the world to Betty including the time spent with her parents and her brother Bobby and his family. Her home was always a welcoming place for everyone family, friends and kids.  She started collecting in her early marriage after receiving a cat figurine eventually it move on to bull dogs, jewelry, sugar and creamer sets, birds, Elvis Presley collectables, sea shells, rocks and Norman Rockwell Plates. When grandkids came to visit, they always left her house with a two dollar bill and a silver dollar. With family meaning the world to her she would address each one with sweetheart and blowing them a kiss goodbye.  Betty was a very caring and giving person who also forgave easily.  She was a devoted wife of 64 years who spent it with the love of her life.  

She was a member of the Methodist Women Club, and a 4-H leader.  

She is survived by her children Charles (Bub) (Mary Straub) of Murd,, Larry (Deb) Baker, Springfield, Nancy Hastings (Bud Jorgensen), Ft. Pierre, Steven (Douglas) (Linda Roadcap, Murdo; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude; one daughter, Barbara Ann Baker; one son, Gary Lee Baker; her brother, Robert Eugene Davis, and her parents.

Services were Wednesday, December 23 at Murdo Methodist Church. Internment followed at the Murdo City Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Hospice Thrift Store in Pierre.   Online condolences can be sent at

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