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Marilyn Baker

February 15, 1929 — April 1, 2022

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Marilyn Baker, age 93 of St. Onge, died Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis.

The funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will be held 5 to 7pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery

Marilyn’s service will be broadcasted live online, on her obituary page located on the funeral home’s website:

Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Marilyn Annette Nelson was born February 15, 1929 in Halstad, Minnesota.  She was the daughter of Norman and Myrtle (Akason) Nelson and was raised by her step=father, Rayder Huseby.  Marilyn graduated from Halstad High School where she was a cheerleader for the Halstad Pirates.  She attended Fargo Business College in Fargo, North Dakota and she also studied Voice and was instructed by Mrs. Keezy.  Marilyn sold pianos for the Wiley Piano Company in Fargo.  She sang at numerous funerals and events in Norman County and enjoyed being part of choirs and cantata’s.  During World War II, Marilyn at times sang over the airwaves on WDAY Radio.  She was the cousin to Skitch Henderson who was one of the original Director’s for the Tonight Show. 

On July 23, 1950, Marilyn was united in marriage to Leo Baker in Ada, Minnesota.  To this union was born a son: Michael.  Leo and Marilyn met on blind date which was set up by her cousin, Delores.  Leo was the love of her life and together they enjoyed 66 years of marriage, before Leo’s death in 2016.  In 1977 they moved to St. Onge, South Dakota where they ranched for many years. They named their business, “Baker’s LEMAR Angus” by combining theirs names, Leo and Marilyn (LEMAR).  Marilyn had the gift of hospitality and one of her important roles in the business was to provide a positive social atmosphere that included food and visiting with people who came to look over their cattle to purchase.  She was a “people person” who always enjoyed kindness and a smile.  She will be remembered for her love and support.  She was always an encourager to her family.  She enjoyed playing card games, especially Bridge.  Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church and for the past six years she has enjoyed living at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis.  She will be greatly missed.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Mike (Sandra) of St. Onge; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Derek) LeFebre of Greeley CO; 2 great grandsons, Elias and Sylvain; brother-in-law, Ronald (Carolyn) Baker of Moorhead, MN; cousins, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; son, Bobbie Scott Baker; granddaughter, Krista Baker; sister, Shirley Albright.

Celebration of Life

10:00 A.M. – Saturday – April 9, 2022

United Methodist Church

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Sheri Fadley


Special Music

Processional Hymn – “Hymn of Promise”

Recessional Hymn – “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

“The Old Rugged Cross”

“Come to Jesus”

Debra Leverington, vocalist

Judy Howard, pianist


Honorary Casketbearers

Bill Akason       Jay Baker       Joel Baker

 Elias LeFebre     Sylvain LeFebre   Glenn Stephens

And other family and friends of Marilyn


Active Casketbearers

Bill Baker                                                                                Paul Marrs

Derek LeFebre                                                                   Vaughn Meyer

Bob LeVee                                                                          Reed Pogany



Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota


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Service Schedule

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Friday, April 8, 2022

5:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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