Clara Mae Baker


February 15, 1930 - December 29, 2011


Clara Mae Baker was born February 15, 1930, to Lawrence and Edna (Murphy) Bussmus in Mitchell. She grew up in Mitchell and attended Notre Dame School. On February 3, 1948, she married Donald Baker at St. Michael Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. They farmed west of Mount Vernon for many years. They retired in 1981 and moved to Mitchell. She was a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church of Mount Vernon and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Mitchell since 1981. She was a member of the Altar Society for many years.

She is survived by four sons: Dean Baker, Larry and wife, Cheri Baker, Ron and wife, Deb Baker all of Mount Vernon and Duane and wife, Nan Baker of Fremont, NE; three sisters: Doris Johnson of Washougal, WA, Helen Ripp of Mitchell and Donna Wilkis of Tucson, AZ; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 2003; two brothers: Donald Bussmus and Orval Bussmus; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Baker; two grandchildren and her parents.


Friday, December 30, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 31, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Judy Puetz McCarthy on December 31, 2011
My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mom. She had to be a wonderful woman to raise 4 boys! I hope that you find comfort in memories of all the good times you shared. You have been blessed by her influence in your lives.
Judy McCarthy
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