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Janice Baker

August 24, 1938 ~ March 5, 2022 (age 83)


Janice Baker, age 83, of Murray, Kentucky, died peacefully, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Murray Calloway County Hospital, lovingly surrounded by her family.

She was born on August 24, 1938, in Calloway County, Kentucky, to Sherman Brent Langston and Kathryn Charlton Langston, who preceded her in death.

Janice grew up in Murray and Hazel, Kentucky. She attended Hazel High School until her senior year, and graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee. She retired from Murray State University as Chairman Secretary in the Department of Industry and Technology. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she loved singing in the choir.

She was married to James (Jim) Lawson Baker on June 8, 1958, in Hazel, Kentucky. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2019. Together, they enjoyed years of camping and boating, University of Kentucky Basketball and traveling across the United States. Most of all, they adored their children and cherished being "DeeDad and MeeMom" to their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her sister, Sylvia Marcelle Lassiter.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Shaun (Baker) Barrow and husband Steve and Stefane (Baker) Bradley both of Murray, Kentucky; one son, James (Jimmy) Baker, Jr. of Murray, Kentucky; one sister, Barbara Rodrigues and husband Bart of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Brytani (Darnell) Johnson, Seth Baker Darnell and wife Robyn, Blair (Darnell) Gray and husband Cody, Christopher Noel Bradley and wife Nuriya, McKenzie (Bradley) Lawson and husband Carver, Candace (Barrow) Farmer and husband Jason, and Tracy Lynn Nichols; as well as six great grandchildren, Lily Faith Johnson, Colton Zane Johnson, Dex Ryan Darnell, Cash Baker Darnell, Samuel Carter Bradley, and Alexander Rafkat Bradley.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 11, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with burial following in the Murray Memorial Gardens. Bro. Boyd Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Murray Watch, 702 Main Street, Murray, Kentucky.

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March 10, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JH Churchill Funeral Home
201 S 3rd St
Murray, KY 42071

Funeral Service
March 11, 2022

1:00 PM
JH Churchill Funeral Home
201 S 3rd St
Murray, KY 42071

Graveside Service
March 11, 2022

2:00 PM
Murray Memorial Gardens Mausoleum

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