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Billie Jean Baker

June 16, 1948 - August 30, 2013


Donna and Jim Bares

Sturgis, SD

Dear Ed, Harold, Gene and family, Our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this difficult time and we extend our deepest sympathy. I will always cherish the memories of when Billie Jean and I were young. Our parents would get together to play cards and visit and we would go upstairs to play and visit. Fishing in their big dam was always a great time. We caught lots of fish and would clean them by the shop and have a fish fry. We had many great times at the country dances at Union Center too. Her 4-H exhibits were always great and she prided herself in sewing the very best she could. Her years of making her own clothes show how much she loved to sew. When we were in high school we double dated a few times and they were wonderful times. Ranching was always her passion and she loved being around and working with livestock. Ed, you were her knight in shining armor from the first time you met. You made her complete and her love for you was unconditional. We pray that your memories will help you through the days ahead.

Dick and Diana Cole (Eveleth)

Belen, NM 87002

to the family of Billie Jean - I have known your mom for many many years - my folks ran the store at Union Center and we were in 4-H together - our prayers and condolences are with you and may God help you through your loss

Sheila Lanka

Laramie, Wyoming

We are so sorry to hear of Billie Jean's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Hold on to your precious memories to keep her close in your hearts. Love, Sheila (Cousin), Bob and Aaron Lanka

Doreen Allison Creed

Sturgis SD 57785

I haven't see Billie Jean in years; but I will never forget her as being a member of SHS Class of '66. I'm sure her family is crushed with her passing. I'm so sorry.

Dick and Diana Cole (Eveleth)

Belen, NM

to the family of Billie Jean: I have known Billie Jean for many many years - my folks owned the Union Center store and Billie and I were in 4-H together - a great person - may God comfort you during this very difficult time

Paula Reedy

Vale, SD

Thinking of you all at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marcella Schroeder Hatfield

Newell, SD

Sharing in your sadness during this most difficult time following the death of one so young. May your faith sustain all of you throughout the days and weeks to come.

Mark & Cyndi Weber

Summerset SD

Sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord comfort you all in this time.

Chance & Darla Hershey

Sturgis, SD

Ed, Harold, & Gene, I am glad I was able to know your wife & mom. Super person. Hard working. One of the last true Ranch women. I greatly enjoyed a few rides in the fuel truck with her. Great conversations. I am sure she will be missed by many. Chance

Shirley Young Larson

Rapid City, SD

My sincere sympathy to Billie Jean's family. Our family ranches border each other and Billie Jean and I attended grade school together at the Lucerne country school. Cherish your memories. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary Beth Munroe Anderson

Sturgis, SD

My sympathy to the family in the loss of Billie Jean. We were neighbors but also went to Lucerne School together.

Jeanne Eppenbaugh Iversen

To Billie Jean's family, I had no idea that Billie Jean was ill. So, the cancer came back. It wasn't that long ago I heard from her...I so wish I had known. I will never forget our memories from Sturgis High School, and walking to school. I was hoping we could get together sometime, as we had emailed and talked, off and on, the last few years. She will be missed. So, sorry Ed and boys.

Mary Lee Marty

Prairie City, SD

Sorry to hear of Billie Jean's passing my condolences to Ed and boys.


Newell, SD

Thinking of you all with a heavy heart and our deepest sympathy. May your precious memories bring you peace and a smile as you remember the things that brought you a smile or laughter in your lives together.