In Loving Memory …

Jessie Frances Baker

Jessie Frances Baker, 93, of Sedalia, Missouri, passed away January 9, 2019, at Fair View Nursing Home in Sedalia.

She was born March 28, 1925, in Syracuse, Missouri, the daughter of Frank and Lydith Putnam, who preceded her in death as did her sister, Imogene “Dena” Peoples.

On January 23, 1949, Jessie married Virgil Baker and they became the proud parents of three sons. Jessie was a school teacher for 40 years, beginning at age 17. She was key in developing the special education department at Smith-Cotton High School. In 1985, she was selected Special Education Teacher of the Year for the State of Missouri.

Surviving are her husband, Virgil Baker, of Sedalia, Missouri; son, Melford Baker of Kansas City, Missouri; son, Martin Baker of Tijeras, New Mexico; son, Dean Baker and wife Sheri, of Kirksville, Missouri; granddaughter, Kelly Baker; grandsons, Chris and Spencer Baker; and great-granddaughters, Zoey and Maddy Brown, and MacKenzie Baker. Jessie is also survived by sisters-in-law, Faye Martin, of Clarksburg, Missouri, Helen Wallenmeyer, of California, Missouri, and Pat Baker, of California, Missouri.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, MO, with Rev. Leroy Moon officiating.

Pallbearers will be Paul Martin, Norris Hill, Chris Baker, Spencer Baker, John Schmidt and Sonny Broyles. Honorary bearers will be Otis and Sherrill Brock, and Alan Green.

Burial will be in Syracuse Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to extend thanks to Fair View Nursing Home.


  1. Sharon mccollum

    I’m so sorry for your loss she was very nice lady I remember her in high High School from 1960 to 1965.

  2. Very sorry to hear of your loss guys. She was a dynamo when she was at her prime. We hope good memories soon fill the hole in your hearts that that you feel right now. In particular please convey our love and fond wishes to Virgil, a sweet gentleman if ever there was one.
    The Trembly Family

  3. Dear Virgil and all who loved and cared for Jessie,May God be with you as you go through the loss of your beloved Jessie.She will certainly be missed by all who knew her. May God grant you peace in knowing that she is in His Loving Care.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss Dean. You are a special part of the Truman Bulldog Family and we are thinking of you and yours at this time. With love- Truman Softball

  5. Sorry for your lose Dean. If you need anything let me know.

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