PORTAGEVILLE - Loretta Ann Baker, 56, died Oct. 1, 2004, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Dec. 27, 1947, in Tiptonville, Tenn., daughter of Lillie Blakley Williams of Portageville and the late James Lee "Tiny" Williams, she attended school in the Tiptonville School District and graduated in 1965 from Portageville High School. She had been employed by Tanksley Trucking in Cape Girardeau and Champion Trucking in Poplar Bluff.
On Aug. 8, 1975, at Joliet, Ill., she married Kenneth Baker who preceded her in death on July 5, 2000.
Survivors in addition to her mother include: three sisters, Ellie Klipfel and Kathy Hoxworth of Portageville and Kaye Brands of Gordonville; one brother, Butch Williams of Portageville; four nieces, Lauren Hinklin of Portageville, Yvonne Omohundro of St. Charles, Leslie Jenkins of Jackson and Alisa Brands of Gordonville; six nephews, Brian Klipfel, Cory Hoxworth and Eric Williams of Portageville and Derek Hoxworth of Pensacola, Fla., Jason Klipfel of Kansas City and Josh Brands, stationed with the U.S. Marine Corps at San Diego; four great-nieces, Emily Omohundro of St. Charles, Kelsey Klipfel of Kansas City and Allison Klipfel and Lindy Klipfel of Portageville, who knew her as "Umbrella."
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Paula Diane Williams; one brother, John Franklin Williams; and her grandparents, Tommie and Frank Blakley and John and Ellie Williams.
Services were conducted Sunday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Sharon Howard officiating.
Burial followed in the Portageville Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Brian Klipfel, Eric Williams, Cory Hoxworth, Britt Hinklin, Richard Jenkins and Derek Hoxworth.
Honorary pallbearers were: Steven Brands, John Klipfel, Darrell Hoxworth and Joe Elrod.
DeLisle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.