Jeannette Baker of Greeley passed away at home March 27, 2022. Jeannette was 94 years old and at her last breath the chimes from St. Peters Catholic Church chimed four times. We had asked her to send us a sign when she got to the other side to tell us she was OK. Fitting, four chimes for four daughters.
Jeannette was born August 11, 1927 to Inez (Munkvold) Vedin in a house built in Yankton County, S.D. by her grandfather Henry Vedin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Baker in 2000, her brother Ronald Vedin in 2010, and her daughter, Deborah Jo Baker in 2020.
The Baker family moved to Greeley in 1962. Jeannette was mother to three more daughters, Jacque Wiegel (Don), Suzanne Baker (Albert Hattem), and Sherry Baker (Martin Hamilton).
Also surviving her are grandchildren Christopher Bopp (Hollie), James Wiegel, Jennifer Shurley, Rebecca Dethman (John), Brita Perry (Joe), Tiffany Ives (Derek), 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
She loved counted cross stitch, crocheting, reading, and listening to books on tape. Her little red flip phone was her lifeline. She was a wonderful listener and visited daily with her daughters, granddaughter Brita and grandson Ethan. Her last audible words were, “I’ve got a call”.
Jeannette owned a quilt shop on East 18th Street in Greeley called the Country Woodshop, a shop that was originally named for her husband Ed’s furniture shop. She worked with her daughter Sherry at Country Crafts needlework shop into her 90s.
Pets were also a big part of her life, as the Baker family loved dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds. When she passed, Jeannette left behind her little dog, Tipper.
Granny’s three favorite quotes were “This too shall pass”, for difficult times, “We make our own Heaven or Hell right here on Earth” mostly for poor choices in life, and “There is always room for one more” which included people and pets.
She liked to recite silly poems like when it was dark. Leaving the shop she would say, “Where was Moses when the lights went out? Down in the cellar eating sauerkraut.”
Jean and Ed’s marriage was filled with love and respect for one another and for everyone they came in contact with. Now they are together again along with Debbie and their dog little Peanut.
Granny made a promise to all of us that after she passed if she saw something that we needed, if possible, she would try to send it our way. So be looking for the little gifts from Granny. She will figure out a way to get them to you.
We have all been blessed to have had her in our lives. She will be missed by all.
Arrangements have been made with Northern Colorado Crematory, with a family graveside service held at Lynn Grove Cemetery in Greeley at 11 a.m. on April 18, 2022.