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Mrs. Alta May Baker, age 82, of Decatur, Michigan and Sarasota, Florida, passed away Friday morning, July 11, 2008 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. The daughter of Benjamin & Kathleen (Pierce) Lepper, she was born on Nov. 12, 1925 in Climax.

For many years Alta worked at the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, and in Sarasota she worked as a real estate broker with Birchwood Homes. She was a member of the Sarasota Baptist Church, and enjoyed golfing and playing cards.

Survivors include her devoted husband of over 40 years, Duane G. Baker of Decatur; a son, Gary (Kathleen) Gamble of Montana; two daughters, Joan (Tom) House of Sterling Heights, and Yvonne (Roy) Obrieter of Hastings; four step-daughters, Bonnie (Galen) Siefke of Sarasota, Florida, Linda (Dennis) Jones, Charlotte Isenlord, all of Battle Creek, and Ginger (Bill) Root of Delton; ten grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A private family remembrance will held on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Arrangements were entrusted to the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Greenville.


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