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Elizabeth Karlene Baker-Gossett, 80, of Mattoon, formerly of rural Toledo, passed away at 1:09 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
She was born Feb. 5, 1937, in St. Francis Township, Effingham County, the daughter of Carl and Fleeta (Allgood) Gust. Karlene was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church of Mattoon, a graduate of Mattoon High School and she was an employee of Spectrum Printing Co. of Mattoon. Karlene married Kenneth E. Baker Jan. 1, 1959, in Mattoon, and Mr. Baker passed away Dec. 25, 1982. She later married James Gossett, Feb. 12, 1988, and Mr. Gossett passed away Aug. 25, 1999.
Karlene leaves three sons, Doug Baker of Mattoon, Dennis Baker (Holly) of Cowden, and Darryl Baker (Sandy) of Toledo; eight grandchildren, Kelcie Baker of Westminister, VT, Kaylee Baker of Mattoon, Ross (Rosie) Baker of Greenville, Sydney Baker of Phoenix, AZ, Tyler Sarver (Carisa) of Oceanside, CA, Tia O'Dell (Alex) of Blanchard, OK, Dustin Wemple
(Jenn) of Belleville, and Allyshae Meyers of Vandalia: nine great-grandchildren, Peyton, Trey, Greyson, Adalynn, Clark, Theo, Kleyton, Joey and Maekenzie; and many friends and classmates.
Karlene was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Kenneth Baker and James Gossett; one grandson, Carson Baker; and one brother, Roger Inman.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga with the Rev. Glenn Strohschein officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell.com.
Published on July 4, 2017
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