Joan Baker


(Nov. 24, 2006)

Joan Czarny Baker, 86, died Friday, Nov. 24 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Cremation has taken place, and graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Cody, with Father Pete Johnson of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in Powell officiating.

Joan was born Sept. 9, 1918, in Sheridan to Peter and Josephine Czarny.

She married Verne Baker on May 5, 1940. They lived in Deadwood, S.D., until 1949 when they moved to Casper. They transferred to Baton Rouge, La., in 1967, and after retiring in 1982, they moved to Panama City, Fla. in 1985. The moved to Rapid City, S.D. in 1994 and to Powell in 2002. Together Joan and Verne traveled extensively in the United States.

Survivors include her husband, Verne Baker of Powell and a sister, Rose Maynard of Reno, Nev. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Karen Devenryns (Steve) of Cody, Carol Anderson (and family) of Las Vegas, Nev., Norma Heide of Wapato, Wash., Martin Heidi and Marvin Bowkett of Sheridan, William Bowkett of Boise, Idaho, Charles Anderson of Evergreen, Colo., and Steve Maynard of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and five sisters.

Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, is in charge of arrangements.