By The Mercury

Loralee Elizabeth Baker, 95, of Manhattan, died Saturday at the Meadowlark Hills-Stolzer House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Sept. 6, 1918, in WaKeeney. She was the daughter of Walter Thorne and Iona Pearl (Switzer) Baker. Miss Baker was raised in WaKeeney where she attended local schools, graduating from WaKeeney High School.  She then attended college at Fort Hays State College.

Beginning in 1937, she went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the county level in western Kansas and eventually at the state level in Topeka. At the time of her retirement in 1977 she was an executive administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.  Following her retirement she moved back to her hometown of WaKeeney to care for her mother. In 2001 she moved to Manhattan to be near family. She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Miss Baker is survived by her Manhattan family which includes her niece Karen Williamson and her husband Monty and their sons, Sean Williamson and Bret Williamson and his wife Jan and their children Lee and Emma, all of Manhattan, and Darin Williamson and his wife Katie of Carlsbad, Calif. Also surviving is her niece Cheyenne Olson and her husband Richard of Berea, Kentucky; one brother: Bob Baker of Dighton; one sister, Kathryn Buser of Wichita and numerous additional nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by three sisters, Marthella Oldham, Judy Crawford and Dorothy Manz. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, George Baker who died in infancy, Joe Baker, Ray Baker and Lynn Baker.

Cremation is planned with private inurnment services to be held at a later date in WaKeeney. The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at

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