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
Luke and Sarah Verbal
Amanda Verbal and Dekota Strodick
Josh and Sarah Dean
Great Grandchildren- Noah, Makayla, and Isaiah Baker
Blakely, Kenadie, and Jericho Cavitt
Tyler and Tessa Verbal
Emma, Molly, Samuel, Bryson, and Grayson Dean
Great great grandchildren- Xavior Haney
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.