BETTY BAKER Betty Reu Baker, 84, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Nov. 9, 2012. She was born Dec. 20, 1927, in McComb, Miss., to Reuby Lewis Schwab and Nancy Craig Schwab, and they preceded her in death. Betty leaves behind her husband, of 57 years, Park Baker. They were married Nov. 20, 1954, in Winchester, Ill. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois
. Betty was a resident of Las Vegas for 49 years, where she was an active member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. While living in Illinois, Betty had worked as a district director for Girl Scouts and a social worker for the State of Illinois. She also worked as an activities director in a nursing home while in Las Vegas. Betty was an avid Fighting Illini fan, she loved to read and watch "Jeopardy," and enjoyed bird-watching. Betty was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. She is also survived by her son, Bruce and his wife, Lynda Baker; and their children, Kayla and Olivia, all of Columbia; nieces, Kathleen and her husband, Walt Pyper of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mary Jane Willey of Bloomington, Ill., and Bonnie and her husband, Rick Parker of Alamo, Calif.; nephew, John McVey of Tracy, Calif.; and long-time best friend, Babs Lamek of Las Vegas. Memorial services were held Nov. 17 in Columbia. Memorials in Betty's name may be sent to First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106.