Barbara Jean Baker

Mar 8th, 1938 - May 27th, 2021


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Wed, Jun. 2nd, 2021 9:30 AM ~ 11:00 AM


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Wed, Jun. 2nd, 2021 11:00 AM


Cana Cemetery- Goreville

Wed, Jun. 2nd, 2021 12:00 PM

Barbara Jean Baker

Johnston City- Barbara Jean (McClain) Baker, age 82, of Johnston City, passed away at 4:13pm on Thursday, May 27, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Barb passed away at home, surrounded by her loving children.

Barbara was born in Barrington, Illinois on March 8, 1938, the daughter of John Douglas and Almyra (Marsh) McClain. She married Samuel Eugene Baker in Mississippi on November 18, 1954, and from this union came three children.

Barb spent several years as an executive housekeeper. Her true passion came later when she became a Certified Nurse’s Aide at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, as she truly loved to take care of her patients.

Her family and friends will hold the memory of this special woman and her strength, in their hearts forever.

Survivors include her three children-

Son- Mike and Marytom Baker of Pittsburg

Daughter- Barbara and Rick Verbal of Murphysboro

Daughter- Jeanne and Billy Dean of Johnston City

Grandchildren- Jeremy and Julie Baker

     Ashley and Justin Cavitt

     Angie and Johnny Thomas

     Karri Goodknight

     Luke and Sarah Verbal

     Amanda Verbal and Dekota Strodick

     Josh and Sarah Dean

     Nick Dean

Great Grandchildren- Noah, Makayla, and Isaiah Baker

     Blakely, Kenadie, and Jericho Cavitt

     Tyler and Tessa Verbal

     Logan Keown

     Haily Farmer

     Ryder Strodick

     Emma, Molly, Samuel, Bryson, and Grayson Dean

Great great grandchildren- Xavior Haney

     Kingston Verbal

     Klayton and Payton Farmer

Sister- Sandra (McClain) Robinson of California

Brother- John and Marilyn McClain of North Carolina

Many special nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband- Samuel Baker, and nephew- Mark Robinson.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Deon Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery in Goreville. A time of visitation will be held from 9:30am until 11:00am on Wednesday at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

For those who prefer memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Rhonda verbal-Shands

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: May 29, 2021

    Barb was a very special lady, a wonderful nurse, my dad thought the world of her when she helped take care of him in the hospital, he always said that was his buddy. We will miss you. Love to all

  • Guest: Elizabeth Herron

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 29, 2021

    She was a very precious Lady and I was so Blessed to of known her. My DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY. PEACE, COMFORT AND STRENGTH DURING THIS TIME OF LOSS. TILL WE MEET AGAIN. ❤🕊❤🕊❤🕊

  • Guest: Ann Batson

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 29, 2021

    I worked with Barb when she was a housekeeper and a CNA. She was such a hard working, caring lady. She was such a pleasure to work with. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  • Guest: Ira Crook

    From: Murphysboro , Illinois

    Date: May 29, 2021

    My deepest condolences and Prayers to your family.sending hugs and my sympathy.
    From the Crook Family

  • Guest: Theresa Jolly

    From: Du Quoin, Illinois

    Date: May 30, 2021

    Barb was an awesome CNA , her patients loved her dearly. Barb always had a smile for everyone and positive attitude! I knew that when Barb was working that day, it was going to be a happy one. She had a heart of gold and I’m sure she will be dearly missed by family and friends. Please accept my condolences. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Sheila Mcghee

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: May 30, 2021

    I am so sorry for the family’s loss.she was a great lady.

  • Guest: Brenda Davis Nutter

    From: Palestine, Texas

    Date: May 30, 2021

    Bobbi Kay Mike and Jeanne and family so sorry for your loss y’all will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • Guest: Sandra Robinson

    From: Plymouth , California

    Date: May 30, 2021

    To my Sweet sister & Best friend
    I will miss you so very much !
    Rest now in Peace & Ever Lasting Love,
    Amen 🙏❤️❤️

  • Guest: Connie McGrath ( niece)

    From: San Francisco , California

    Date: May 30, 2021

    Aunt Barb may you rest in peace. You were so loved and a loving Aunt to my brother and I growing up – so many good memories.
    You will be missed by so many but know your on the other side surrounded by family and love.
    It gives me peace to know you are no longer suffering.
    Love you and miss you Aunt Barb

  • Guest: John McClain (brother)

    From: Mooresville, North Carolina

    Date: May 31, 2021

    Barb was a very loving sister and i can never forget all of her words to me in letter form as i was in vietnam.
    I will mjss her as all of her family and friends will.
    love you Barb.

  • Guest: Gail Martin

    From: Ingleside ill, Illinois

    Date: May 31, 2021

    I havent seen my cousin Barb for many years or her immediate family who I never met.
    Our families moved to different areas so you grow apart. Although you stay close in heart.
    My love and prayers to all of you 🙏 Gail Martin