Nancy Louise Baker was born on March 7, 1952, in Washington, Iowa to Marion and Marjorie (Martin) Blum. She grew up in the Wellman, Iowa area and graduated in 1970. While working as a candy striper at the Knoxville Veteran’s Home, Nancy met Dwight “Pickles” Baker. They were married on December 22, 1979, in Wellman and then they made their home east of Woodbine, Iowa. Nancy worked with Dwight putting up grain bins. She also worked for Francis Harper’s Farm Supply. In 1996 Nancy went to work for Alegent Health in Missouri Valley, Iowa in their home health and hospice program. She then served as the Dunlap, Iowa City Clerk until her retirement. She continued to help with the bookkeeping at the Farm Supply company. Nancy and Dwight also operated Parkay Kennels, raising purebred Boxers, Boston Terriers and Corgi’s.
Nancy was a member of the RLDS Church and later became a member of the Followers of Christ. She served as the reunion campground nurse and as the church secretary. Nancy enjoyed the sun, especially when she was mowing the lawn. She was known for her homemade greeting cards. Most of all, she cherished the time she was able to spend with Jocelyn, Alayne, Cecilia and Michael, the little ones she considered her grandkids, during their summer breaks and holiday.
Nancy died at her home outside of Woodbine on January 4, 2022, at the age of 69 years, nine months and 28 days.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dwight on July 24, 2007; and siblings, Jackie, Robert and Bill. She is survived by her siblings, Danny Rickerd and Terry Blum and their families; sister-in-law, Rozella Baker of Woodbine; many nieces and nephews; unofficial adopted daughters, Amber Olson and Amanda Zimmerman; grandchildren, Jocelyn, Alayne, Cecilia and Michael Zimmerman; and many other relatives and friends.