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Savanna Bell Shumway Baker


Savanna Bell Shumway Baker

Savanna Bell Shumway Baker, 84, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020, surrounded by family in Logan, Utah. 

Savanna was born in Penrose, Wyo., on August 31, 1935, to Lenard and Edith (Ready) Shumway

Her family lived on a large farm in Thermopolis, Wyo. They had fun teasing, laughing, singing and dancing, while working hard. She grew up milking cows and riding horses. She rode horses to school and in parades. 

She helped her mother with the cooking, cleaning and sewing and became an excellent seamstress. She won blue and purple ribbons at their county and state fair.  

Her life was centered around her faith and family. At the age 18 she served as a missionary in the West Central States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she met her eternal companion, Kenneth Mortimer Baker. They were married for Time and All Eternity in the Logan Temple on February 24, 1956, and have enjoyed 64 years together.

Savanna and Ken had cows and chickens and raised a large garden to help provide for their family. She enjoyed her flower garden, baking bread, canning, sewing quilts, and making perfectly tailored dresses.

The temple played an important role in her life. She worked in the temple laundry room for 18 years. She was an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple for 11 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Baker; children, Vicki (Ken) Thurston, Connie (Doug) Woodhead, Janet (Wells) Hall, Glenn Baker, Kevin (Cami) Baker, Karen (Dan) Carter, and Gordon (Bridget) Baker; 39 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren with more on the way; and siblings, Patty Bright, LeRoy Shumway, Shirley Lamoreaux, Janice Cluff, Marilyn Garside, Beverly Shumway, Violet Olsen, and Eddie Shumway.

She is preceded in death by her son, Allen Kenneth Baker; and great granddaughters, Savanna and Paige Bloomfield.

Funeral services were held March 14 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North Logan, Utah. 


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