Marie Geraldine “Jeri” Austin Baker

Marie Geraldine Austin Baker, 87, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born March 4, 1926 to Charles Orville and Marie Keller in Wild Horse, Colorado.

Jeri was a graduate of Humansville High School Class of 1943 and recently attended her 70th class reunion in Humansville, Missouri.

She married Earl Austin on February 18, 1946 and they were the parents of three sons. After 48 years of marriage Earl passed away January 17, 1995. She later married Cletus Baker and he preceded her in death as well.

Jeri was a homemaker to her family and enjoyed gardening and canning, wishing for some green beans to can just last week. She liked collecting antiques but was also content just being at home with her cat. She loved reading the Bible, her favorite book.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She was the grandmother of Stacy Davis and husband Wes of Cabool, Missouri, and great-grandmother of their sons, Michael, Cody and Justin.

Jeri was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Earl Austin and Cletus Baker; brothers Lloyd and Billy Keller; and brothers-in-law Wayne Jenkins and Buck Myers.

She is survived by sons Virgil Austin and wife Linda of Arvada, Colorado, Edwin Austin of Springfield, Missouri, and Harold Austin and wife Barbara of Rockville, Missouri; grandchildren Kandi, Philip, Daniel, Stacy, Ginger, Angie and Mandy; great-grandchildren Michael, Cody, Justin, Harrison, Gage, and Maddie; sisters Janice Myers of Humansville and Shirley Jenkins of Stockton, Missouri; brother Leo Keller and wife Reva of Collins, Missouri; sisters-in-law Shirley Keller and Kay Keller of Humansville; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Murray Funeral Home in Humansville officiated by Bro. Troy Smith. Burial will follow at Humansville Cemetery.

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