Longtime Soldotna resident Delina "Billie" Baker died Monday, April 24, 2000, at the Heritage Place Nursing Home in Soldotna. She was 83.
Memorial mass will be Wednesday at noon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate. Her remains will be inurned at the Mount Cavalry Cemetery in Manchester, N.H., at a later date.
Mrs. Baker was born April 8, 1917, in Limestone, Maine, where she was raised and educated, graduating from the Limestone high school. She had played on a champion basketball team that was undefeated for four consecutive years.
Mrs. Baker moved to Soldotna in July of 1984 and resided at the Laurawood Arms Apartments for a number of years. She was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and avid tennis fan.
The family said, "Throughout her life she started her day by praying for her family and friends, which brought many blessings into their lives."
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Baker, in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter and son in-law, Donna and Roland Cusson of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Janice Baker of Londonberry, N.H.; four grandchildren, Cheryl-Ann Wika of Anchorage, Jason Baker of Tacoma, Wash., Kimberly Lengenfelder and Karen Gross both of Soldotna; and great-grandchildren Kianna-Jenae, Quinlyn-Skye and Jenevia-Jetone Wika, all of Anchorage, and Cole Gross, Trey and Chelsea Young, all of Soldotna.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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