Baker, Myrtle May (Burk) (May 27, 1906 - April 5, 2001)

Myrtle May Baker

Douglas Budget - April 11, 2001

Funeral services for Myrtle May Baker, 94, were held April 10 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas with Rev. Timothy Roemer of First United Pentecostal Church officiating. Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris Anderson, Ray Daugherty, John Henson, Russ Henson, Jr., Lane Nickell and Jake Jacobs. Honorary pallbearers were all of Baker's grandsons.

Mrs. Baker died April 5, 1906, in Rock Port, Mo., the daughter of Tom and Mary(Wooten)Burk. She was reared and educated in Missouri and Converse County. When she was 12, she moved with her parents and younger sister, Mary, 5, to Converse County in 1918 to file for a homestead in the Dry Creek area.

They lived with her uncle Jim and aunt Lydia Wooten and their seven children until the one-room homestead could be built. The family had come to Wyoming on an emigrant train and was able to bring two milk cows, two horses, some farm machinery, feed and some furniture. The Burks used 12 acres of the homestead for corn and a garden, so the first thing they did was fence off their farm because of range cows roaming the open range. Cottonwood for the fences and building were hauled from Box Creek with 12 year old Myrtle harnessing and driving the team.

Myrtle and her sister, Mary, walked a mile to school in the spring and summer months because the severe winters precluded going to school. She finished seventh and eighth grades at Stringtown School. Myrtle went to ninth grade at the Richle School on horseback. They came into Douglas to get books and take achievement tests.

The Bakers had a homestead 12 miles from the Burks, and Myrtle and John Lawrence Baker met and fell in love. They were married in Douglas on Christmas Eve in 1925.

Myrtle and John proved up on a homestead and lived there until 1929 when they moved to Douglas where John worked at various construction and carpenter jobs. Myrtle remained a resident of Douglas until her death. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and fishing.

She is survived by five children, Faye Harrison of Nashville, Ill., Norma Dunn of Casper, Isabel Henson and husband Pete of Douglas, Betty Schenek and husband Ron of Oskaloossa, Iowa, and Richard Baker and wife Ina of Evansville; one daughter-in-law, Irene Baker of Pavillion; 31 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents; husband John on Jan. 6, 1988; three sons, Bill, John and Larry Baker; one sister; one brother; and five grandsons.

Memorials in her name to Meals on Wheels, Box 192, Douglas, 82633, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas handled arrangements.

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