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Cora “Peggy” M. Baker
Cora “Peggy” M. BakerDollywoodCora “Peggy” M. Baker left this earth to join her husband, Roger L Baker, on February 27, 2023, at her home in Marion.

She was born to David H. and Thelma L. (Lackey) Williams on May 17, 1946. Raised on a farm in Rio Grande, Ohio, Peggy joined many generations of family and friends in graduating from the local high school. She married the love of her life, Roger, on June 8, 1968. The two were adventurous hard workers who built successful careers while also continuing both family's tradition in farming.

Peggy fell right into a long line of Welsh storytellers. Her wit and humor would have you laughing so hard your cheeks would ache. Saying she was colorful wouldn't begin to characterize her outrageous spunk and knack for fashion. It wasn't unusual for her to arrive at a family gathering in shiny sequins with a matching hat, a big smile on her face, and a tight hug. Peggy always let her nieces and nephews know just how much she loved them and no one was more fun to spend time with. She not only gave gifts of arts & crafts, but she made them with you on the spot. Pairing that with Roger's kind heart and infectious laughter, the couple was truly a pleasure to be around.

The couple were tremendous fans of music, especially Dolly Parton and Dollywood, and their heart truly belonged at the mountain home they had high atop the trees in Pigeon Forge, TN. Some favorite memories of them were their outrageous costumes they'd wear on the plane from Columbus to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, as "The Babes of Ohio," they dressed as bumble bees and were even interviewed on the news! Of course, their best costume was Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner — of course Roger was Dolly. Their passion for life continued as they traveled across the world, bringing home special trinkets for loved ones and stories to make everyone smile.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, David and Thelma Williams, her brother and sister-in-law, William and Carol Williams, and her dear husband, Roger. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. There will not be a service, which was Peggy's wish and what Roger chose. They have requested their ashes be scattered in the mountains of Tennessee, which their family will honor.

Roger was a lifelong educator at North Union High School in Richwood, OH and Peggy remained strongly connected to her family and the people of Rio Grande, Ohio.  

The family requests memorial donations to the Roger L. and Cora M. Baker Memorial Scholarship at University of Rio Grande. Gift checks should be made payable to the University of Rio Grande and mailed to Institutional Advancement, PO Box 500, Rio Grande, OH 45674. For your convenience, credit card gifts may be made at http://www.rio.edu/giving. Please select the scholarship in the dropdown menu.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Janet Dysert
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 3:08 PM

This makes me so sad. She and Roger are together. Cherish the memories. She was a delight. Prayers for the family.

#2 from: Kay and John Coder
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 9:06 PM

Our hearts our sadden because I will no longer have my  weekly conversation with Peg hearing the stories of the past but I am happy that she will be with Roger for that is what she wanted.The last two years was so very difficult for her,Gary was so very kind in helping her. Sincere condolences to the family. RIP my friend I will miss our conversation.

#3 from: Daisy Salmons
Columbus Ohio
Thu, Mar 2, 2023 at 7:24 PM

So sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. I went to school with Peggy. She was a very sweet and caring person. RIP Peggy.

#4 from: Annette Mihalic
Clearwater FL
Thu, Mar 2, 2023 at 7:53 PM

My heart is broken as I read of my sweet cousins passing.  It's been a few years since we've had contact.  I'm praying for her family and friends during this time.  

#5 from: Richard Parker
Tampa, Florida
Mon, Mar 13, 2023 at 3:22 PM

It is with our deepest sympathies we say good bye to "Peg"!  the dearest and truest friend anyone could ever have.  She is with Roger now and in peace.

Roger and Peg were a blessing to each person they met.

Richard Parker and John Burns

#6 from: Robert Foster Elaine Foster Derek Foster Dylan
Mentor, Ohio
Mon, Mar 13, 2023 at 6:52 PM

We were so very sorry to learn of the passing of Peggy. In the brief time I had to really get to know her better, I can say that Peggy is in the arms of her Lord and Savior, as well as the arms of the love of her life, Roger.  Reunited again.  Peggy was a sweet, kind woman, and Roger, so kind, and so in love with her.  I was blessed to know them, and know that they both will be looking down on those they loved here on Earth, always smiling. always loving you all.  God bless and keep them, and everyone they knew.  God grant you peace dear Peggy.  Our deepest sympathies.  Elaine. Bob, Derek and Dylan Foster

#7 from: Vonnie Wasserbeck
10137 St. RT. 739, Marion, oh 43302
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 12:47 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Peggy's passing. She was definitely one of a kind.  Once while visiting the insurance office, to put insurance on a newly purchased dump truck, she had the idea that we could go into business together and our slogan would be'"for a price we will dump on anybody."  RIP dear friend.

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