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Bonnie Mitchell Baker

January 22, 1923 November 13, 2008
Bonnie Mitchell Baker
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Obituary for Bonnie Mitchell Baker

Bonnie Mitchell Baker, 85, of Vinton, died Thursday, November 13, 2008, at Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab following a brief illness.
    Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 18, 2008, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark C. Urlaub officiating.  Visitation will be held Monday, November 17, from 4 to 7 PM at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
    Bonnie was born January 22, 1923, in Marion, Iowa, the daughter of Leslie F. and Maud Amelia Miller Mitchell.  A 1939 graduate of Rowley High School, she attended college, receiving a degree in teaching.  She had been a resident of the Brandon and Vinton areas and also lived at Holiday Lake, Brooklyn, Iowa, for several years.
    On November 24, 1949, Bonnie was united in marriage with Paul Robert Baker at First Methodist Episcopal Church in Vinton.  He preceded her in death in 1998.  
    Bonnie worked as a teacher in a one-room school and as a librarian at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton.  She also worked in Vinton for J.C. Penney’s Catalog.
    She was a lifelong member at the Brandon Methodist Church, and in past years had been attending Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vinton.
    Bonnie is survived by one daughter, Sheila Stickels and her husband John; and two grandsons, Ross and Jody Stickels, all of Vinton.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; one brother, Don Mitchell; and her cat, Cinder.
    A memorial fund has been established.

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