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“She was my vice Queen when I had the Honeybees. When I moved to Sebring, she took over the honeybees and continued a grear tradition. We traveled to...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Maxine Dillard - Sebring, FL

“I met Marilyn thru the Red Hat Society organization. We were planning a Red Hat affair at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. She was there and...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bonnie Pears Queen Mother of the Foxy Ladies of Florida - FL

“I first met Marilyn in 2003 thru the Red Hat Society organization. From one Queen Mum(The Red Hat Belles) to another Queen Mother (The HoneyBees),...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Little - Sebring, FL

“We first met Marilynn when she married my Mother's brother, Jack Freude. After his sudden death, she still kept in touch with our family. She was...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Garrett - Erie, IL

“Marilyn and I met each other when we both worked on the medical floor together at Franciscan. I set Marilyn and Uncle Jack up on a blind date. It was...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Cindi Havens - Rock Island, IL

“Although Marilynn and I are both from the Quad Cities, we did not meet until she moved to Florida. Have enjoyed having her as a friend, neighbor,...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Carolyn Metternick - Avon Park, FL

“Our whole family is thinking about you. Hugs. Susie ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Sue Hebel - Port Byron, IL


Marilynn Joyce Baker, 77, of Avon Park, FL, formerly of Moline, IL, died Monday, June 4, 2012 in Peru, IL.

Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Per her wishes cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center – Sarcoma Clinic, Tampa, FL.

Marilynn was born on August 22, 1934 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Carey E. and Pyrle V. (Peterson) Lewis. She married William Clyde Henderson and then John A. Freude who preceded her in death on January 15, 1982. She later married Melvin Baker who preceded her in death on June 6, 1995. Marilynn worked for a time as the Head Nurse of Pediatrics at Moline Public Hospital leaving in 1978. She then worked at Franciscan largely in the Alzheimer's Division with a certification in Gerentology. She ended her career as a Parish Nurse for Union Congregational and Hope United Church of Christ in Moline where she was a member. After 46 years as a nurse, Marilynn retired in 1996 to Avon Park, FL. She was a Red Hatter, Queen of Honeybees in Avon Park, and very active in Union Congregational Church in Avon Park, FL.

Survivors include
Daughters Cathie (Larry) Schaub Peru, IL
Cindy (Damian) Henderson-Deutsch Moline, IL
Step Children Dorothy Burdick Moline, IL
Jeff Freude Des Moines, IA
Michael Freude Genoa, IL
Janelle Freude Genoa, IL
Grandchildren William R. Crouch, Kristina Tapscott, Zachary Tapscott, Ethan Deutsch
3 Great Grandchildren
Numerous Step Grandchildren and Step Great Grandchildren
Brother Richard (Donna) Lewis Omaha, NE

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Lewis; and sister, Betty Coverdill.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahl.com.