Marlene Baker, age 61, of Murdo, S.D., died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Marlene Faye Rada was born June 19, 1952, the fifth of six children born to Earl “Shorty” and Ruth (Webb) Rada, at the Murdo hospital. Marlene nearly lost her life to pneumonia on more than one occasion.
Marlene attended all her schooling at Murdo, graduating from Murdo High School in 1970.
On June 7, 1973, Marlene married Charles “Bub” Baker at Pierre. To this union were born two daughters, Shanna Marie on January 10, 1974, and Natasha LaShay on December 18, 1982.
Marlene went to Arizona to help care for all her grandchildren when they were born, with the exception of the last one, Carson, due to her stroke.
Marlene worked briefly at the ASCS office. Then she went to work for the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Murdo, until it closed and she was then transferred to Pierre, where she retired after 30 years of service as a parts clerk supervisor. She also worked at the Buffalo Bar and Triple H Truck Stop in Murdo. She enjoyed working at these places because of her love to talk and meet new people. Everyone was a friend, and on more than one occasion, Marlene would buy a family a meal, a tank of gas, or give them some money to help them reach their destination.
Marlene suffered a stroke on June 12, 2009, during surgery. Marlene was in the Rapid City hospital and Avera hospital in Sioux Falls. On September 12, she was transferred to Lakewood, Colo., where her husband stayed with her until Bub’s sister, Nancy Hastings, came and stayed with her until she was released. Nancy then moved to Murdo and lived with them until she was admitted into the Philip Nursing Home on June 11, 2013.
Marlene and Charles are grateful to Nancy Hastings Baker, who took care of Marlene, and for giving them four more years together.
Marlene is survived by her husband, Charles “Bub” Baker, of Murdo; two daughters, Shanna Baker of Las Vegas, Nev., and Natasha Rodriguez and her fiancé, Travis Dressen, of Sioux Falls; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dawayne Rada and his wife, Beverly, of Merridian, Idaho, and Allen Rada of Rapid City; and one close friend, Josephine Niehoff of Rapid City.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ruth Rada; one sister, Jean Dickenson; and two brothers, Earl and Dwight, as an infant.
Services were held Wednesday, September 18, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, with Pastor Rick Hazen officiating.
Interment was at the Murdo Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com