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NEOMA E. BAKER
Neoma Eileen Clair Runquist Baker, age 74, of Knox City, Missouri, formerly of Mendon, Illinois, died Saturday, March 22, 2008 at the North Adams Home in Mendon, Illinois.
She was born August 26, 1933 in Edina, Missouri the daughter of Pearl Ellis and Elsie Louise Poston Clair.
She married Charles William Runquist on December 3, 1949 in Edina, Missouri and to this union four children were born; Steven Charles Runquist, Billie Dean Runquist, Cheryl Lynn Adair and Crystal Joleen Neisen-Lewis.
She married David Charles Baker on June 11, 2000 and he survives.
Neoma was the youngest of eight children and attended Edina grade school. She was married at the age of 16 and was a single mother while her husband Charles was in the Korean War. She worked as a chef for several restaurants, cook at North Adams Home for ten years and later was a cook at the Edina Senior Center. She was a faithful worker in the Camp Point Assembly of God Church, a Royal Ranger teacher, Boy Scout Den mother, and Girl Scout helper. She enjoyed farm life, especially horses and owned and operated Bear Creek Kennels. She took pride in caring for family and friends, especially enjoying her children. Her grandchildren will remember her for her listening skills and good meals. All family members were blessed by her second marriage to David.
Surviving are her husband David Baker of Knox City, Missouri; two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Adair and husband Robert of Knox City, Missouri and Crystal Joleen Neisen-Lewis of Camp Point, Illinois; two sons, Steven Charles Runquist of Lewistown, Illinois and Billie Dean Runquist of Ewing, Missouri; one brother, James C. Clair and wife Betty of Memphis, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Adam Runquist and wife Amanda of Gulfport, Mississippi, Stephanie Miller of Lewistown, Illinois, Scott Runquist of Arkansas City, Kansas, Andy Runquist and wife Kim of Ewing, Missouri, Ashley Runquist of Monticello, Missouri, Jamie and Ryan Adair of Knox City, Missouri, Caleb, Kent and Conner Neisen of Camp Point, Illinois; five great-grandchildren, three step-sons, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Orville, Cletus, Ernest Ralph and Junior Paul Clair and two sisters, Martha Ann Calhoun and Neva Irene Overstreet.
Services were Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in the Coder Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ray Peters and Reverend Orville Taube officiated. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. in the Gray Mount Cemetery in Coatsburg, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Adams County Animal Shelter or the Camp Point, Illinois Assembly of God Church and may be mailed to or left at the Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, Missouri 63447.