KEARNEY — Helen M. Baker, 92, of Kearney died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Brookdale Kearney Northridge.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kayla Mangrich officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

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Helen was born on Jan. 7, 1927, in Miller to Orson M. and Hazel A. Smith. She grew up in the Miller area and graduated from Miller High School in 1944. She then attended Kearney State Teachers College where she earned a teaching degree. Helen taught school for seven years and later accepted a position as a secretary at the college.

She married Gordon L. Baker on Sept. 30, 1947, in Elm Creek. Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after their wedding and the couple would reside in Cherry Point, N.C., while he was stationed there. After the Marines, Helen and Gordon moved to Elm Creek where they owned and operated Baker’s Standard Service and Baker’s Skelly. They moved to Kearney in 1976 after Gordan took a position as grounds supervisor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Helen was a member of the Kearney First United Methodist Church and a past member of Women’s Church Circle. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Helen is survived by her children, Kent Baker and his fiancée, Patty Zeleny, of Lincoln and Karen and Norman Graeff of Crookston; grandchildren, Tara Baker and husband Bryan Klinginsmith, Megan Baker, Keisha Andersen-Fries and husband Brett, Brady Graeff and wife Sandy, Jesse Graeff and wife Elisha, and Dillion Graeff; and great-grandchildren, Londyn Fries, Kali Graeff, Kellen Fries, Leonardo Graeff, Aiden Graeff, Cadance Graeff, William Klinginsmith and Charlotte Klinginsmith.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Gordon.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or to the family to be designated later.

Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.

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KEARNEY — Helen M. Baker, 92, of Kearney died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Brookdale Kearney Northridge.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kayla Mangrich officiating. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before services at the church.

Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or to the family to be designated later.

Visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence.

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