Obituary: MARILYN ANNETTE NESLON BAKER
February 15, 1929 – April 1, 2022
Marilyn Baker, age 93 of St. Onge, died Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis.
The funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery
Marilyn’s service will be broadcasted live online, on her obituary page located on the funeral home’s website: http://www.LeveringtonFH.com
Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Marilyn Annette Nelson was born February 15, 1929 in Halstad, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Norman and Myrtle (Akason) Nelson and was raised by her step=father, Rayder Huseby. Marilyngraduated from Halstad High School where she was a cheerleader for the Halstad Pirates. She attended Fargo Business College in Fargo, North Dakota and she also studied Voice and was instructed by Mrs. Keezy. Marilyn sold pianos for the Wiley Piano Company in Fargo. She sang at numerous funerals and events in Norman County and enjoyed being part of choirs and cantata’s. During World War II, Marilyn at times sang over the airwaves on WDAY Radio. She was the cousin to Skitch Henderson who was one of the original Director’s for the Tonight Show.
On July 23, 1950, Marilyn was united in marriage to Leo Baker in Ada, Minnesota. To this union was born a son: Michael. Leo and Marilyn met on blind date which was set up by her cousin, Delores. Leo was the love of her life and together they enjoyed 66 years of marriage, before Leo’s death in 2016. In 1977 they moved to St. Onge, South Dakota where they ranched for many years. They named their business, “Baker’s LEMAR Angus” by combining theirs names, Leo and Marilyn(LEMAR). Marilyn had the gift of hospitality and one of her important roles in the business was to provide a positive social atmosphere that included food and visiting with people who came to look over their cattle to purchase. She was a “people person” who always enjoyed kindness and a smile. She will be remembered for her love and support. She was always an encourager to her family. She enjoyed playing card games, especially Bridge. Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church and for the past six years she has enjoyed living at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis. She will be greatly missed.
Marilyn is survived by her son, Mike (Sandra) of St. Onge; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Derek) LeFebre of Greeley CO; 2 great grandsons, Elias and Sylvain; brother-in-law, Ronald (Carolyn) Baker of Moorhead, MN; cousins, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; son, Bobbie Scott Baker; granddaughter, Krista Baker; sister, Shirley Albright.