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Ucil Ste. Marie Baker
Ucil Ste. Marie Baker, 93, passed away peacefully in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, June 18 after a life devoted to her family, friends and country.
Born Nov. 16, 1919, she grew up in Klondike (Brazeau Township) where her parents Oscar and Abigail Ste. Marie owned a small country store. She graduated from Coleman High School.
She was adventuresome and in 1942 moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Office of Price Administration, then joined one of the first WAAC detachments in 1943, becoming a 1st Lieutenant and serving on recruiting duty in Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. While stationed in Albuquerque, she met and married Nelson Baker, an Army captain, in November 1944. They remained together for 65 years, traveling the world for 20 years until he retired from the Army in 1961. They moved to California, living in Tustin and Los Gatos, then in Concord for over 30 years. He preceded her in death in 2009.
They often visited Wisconsin, where she had fond memories of her childhood. In addition to being a wife and mother, she loved to travel and study French and was often active in community, retired military and church activities. A gracious lady, she was always kind to her family and friends and willing to help. She had a dry sense of humor that made everyone laugh and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Suzanne, Jeffrey, Nelson, jr. and Jill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her son-in-law, Laurence Shoup; daughter-in-law, Karen Baker; former daughter-in-law, Christine Emery; nephew, Calvin Compe of Oconto Falls; niece, Gloria Keshemberg of Milwaukee and many other nieces and nephews.
Burial took place with full military honors next to her husband at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, Calif. on Thursday, June 27. Family can be contacted c/o Suzanne Baker, 609 Aileen St., Oakland, CA 94609.