Leona Baker

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERALeona (Nonie) M. Scherf Baker,  87, of Maple Valley, WA passed away  peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014.

Leona was born in Cohasset, Minnesota on May 1, 1926 the second of 5 children born to Lyle C.  Scherf and Eula M. (Axtel) Scherf.  Nonie attended school in Cohasset.  At age 15 she went to work at the local hospital as an aide.  Later on she moved to California and worked as a nurses aid.  She met Clifford  Baker in Renton, WA in 1946. After he returned from military service they were married on March 8, 1947 in Renton, WA.  They moved back to the Cohasset Minnesota area shortly thereafter.   Her first child Lynda was born there and later in 1948 they relocated back to Renton , WA where she would have 4 more children through a span of 11 years.  She and her husband Cliff and children lived in Renton, WA for 27 years.

She moved with her husband to Maple Valley, WA in 1977.  20140418_120631_1 enhancedAfter Clifford retired in 1988 they started traveling in their RV to parts of the US , seeing the sights, visiting relatives and friends,  camping,  boating and  fishing.  They started wintering in Arizona in 1989 in their RV and ended up buying a home there.  They continued to do so until 2012 after Nonie received a severe head injury suffered in a car accident in August of 2012.  Nonie has been cared for at home by her family for a year  and a half.

Nonie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She enjoyed working in her flower garden and  having lots of hanging baskets adorning her patio.   She also loved to crochet and made many things for the family.

Nonie was preceded in death by her  parents,  Lyle & Eula Scherf, brothers  Dean Scherf,  Melvin Scherf, Lyle (Pete) Scherf , and daughter-in-law Carrie Baker and grandson Darrin Wells.



She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Clifford , her children Lynda (Albert) Weatherford of Kent,  WA,  Gary Baker (Evonne Kruger) Black Diamond, WA,  Vickie (Harold) Shamblin, Kent, WA,  Lori Anderson , Mesa, AZ , Luanne Tourangeau, Apache Junction, AZ &  11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, one brother Douglas Scherf of Minnesota and many sister and brother in –laws  and many nieces and nephews.

The Baker Family would like to thank  Providence Hospice of Seattle for their wonderful care of our wife, mother, grandma and great grandma.  We love you and miss you !

Many thanks to Barton Family Funeral Service for all of their help in planning the service.

Services will be held April 23rd at 1:15 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery.

The family will hold a celebration of Nonie’s life at the family home for family and friends after the service from 2 p.m. unitl 4 p.m.

4 Responses to “Leona Baker”

  • Mike Scherf says:

    Aunt Nonie was a wonderful person and the coolest aunt anyone could ever have. Lots of good times and laughs over the years, never a dull moment when she was around. I am so thankful that I got to spend a week with her last summer. Nonie was a very special person and was loved by anyone who met her. We will miss her and all the fun we shared. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. We love you all.
    Mike & Ann Scherf

  • Farah Wilcoxen says:

    So sorry for your loss Baker family. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Miss all of you!

  • Lori McGuire Dersch says:

    Lori and Luanne (and all the Baker family) ~ I remember spending a lot of time at your house during our high school days! Your mom and dad were always so gracious and nice to me. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for comfort for all of you during this difficult time.

    Lori McGuire Dersch

  • Pamela Scherf Oaks says:

    Nonie was my very favorite Aunt. We had the best times when they came to MN for a visit. The trip I made to WA in 1996 was one of the best times of my life. She was a joy to be around and everyone that met her loved her. I am so happy I got to see her, talk to her, especially during her recovery from her accident. She will be missed so much…all my love to my Uncle Cliff and my cousins.

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