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Dorothy K. (Kraus) Baker

Dorothy Katharina Frances (Kraus) Baker, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, entered into eternal life on June 24, 2020. She was 81 years old. 


Dorothy was born on January 28, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois and lived at the Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Frank and Viola Kraus. 


Dorothy met John Roger Baker on a blind date in 1955. After dating for two years, they were married on October 19, 1957. They had six children: Linda, Kenny (deceased), Rick, Deb, Teresa, Susan; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. In 2017, they renewed their wedding vows on their 60th anniversary. 


Dorothy was baptized in 1960 and was a faithful member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving for over 50 years as church organist at many locations. 


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Viola Kraus, her brother Frank O. Kraus, her son Kenny, and her beloved husband, John. She is survived by one son, Rick Baker and wife Kellie of Leeton, Missouri; four daughters, Linda Ilgenfritz of Kingsville, Missouri; Deb Bradley and husband Gary of Sarasota, Florida; Teresa Rathbun and husband Thad of Zachary, Louisiana; and Susan Baker of Pinellas Park, Florida; five grandchildren, Danny Ilgenfritz, Justin Baker, Dana Browder, Taylor Burford and Jessica Law; three great-grandchildren, Abbey and Madilyn Browder and Emmaleigh Ilgenfritz. 


Cremation has been accorded and the family will have a private memorial.

10 Messages

  • Elizabeth Hasch Posted June 26, 2020 9:12 am

    So sorry for the loss of your precious one, but rejoicing that sweet Dorothy is now with her Savior and free from the earthly pains and tears. Dorothy had the most beautiful smile and eyes. She will always be remembered in our hearts. Sympathy and love to all, Elizabeth Hasch, Crossroads Hospice

    • Deb Bradley Posted June 28, 2020 9:13 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It is comforting to know that Mom had kind people from Crossroads Hospice to care for her in her last days. May God bless you.

    • Linda Posted July 1, 2020 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’ll never forget how kind you were to my mom. I know mom and dad are having a huge reunion! Love to you.

  • Rick Baker Posted June 29, 2020 2:08 pm

    Mom was a very kind person and a loving mother, I will always remember you mom, the way you never let a birthday pass without remembering others. I hope you are with Dad now and your parents,grandparents and friends in that glorious place with streets of gold with our precious Lord.
    I love you Mom and I will always miss you until we are reunited again.
    Your son ,Rick

    • Linda Posted July 1, 2020 7:13 pm

      So sweet 💜🤗

  • Susie Gray Posted June 29, 2020 5:00 pm

    Dorothy had one of the sweetest faces I’ve ever seen. Her smile covered her entire face lighting up her eyes. I had the privilege of meeting her thru Crossroads hospice and spent a little bit of time with her every couple of weeks.. I always left our visits with her feeling happy. Such a sweet soul!! Rest In Peace sweet lady..

  • Susan D Baker Posted June 29, 2020 5:50 pm

    Thank you to all those in Hospice & in her nursing home that took care of her. It is comforting to know that she was greeted in Heaven, by loved ones that passed before her! What a sweet reunion that must’ve been!!❤ We love you Mom. You will be missed!

  • Darlene A, Kraus-Rudolph Posted July 18, 2020 6:11 am

    Linda, Rick, Deb, Teresa, Susan, & all, we are so very sorry about Aunt Dorothy! Sending our very most heartfelt condolences & big bear hugs. Love, Darlene & Dave

  • Jeanette Lraus Posted July 18, 2020 11:28 am

    I love Dorothy like my sister. We meet at 15 years old as friends then became sister in-laws. Jeanette Kraus Viera, Fl.

    • Rick Baker Posted August 23, 2020 5:48 pm

      Aunt Jeanette thankyou for reconnecting my mother and her brother,my Awesome Uncle Frank,also your loving husband,God rest his soul. Younhave been so very kind and Loving to me.I Love you.

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