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Date of Issue: December 10, 2008

Obituary

Louise M. (Nelson) Baker

Louise M. (Nelson) Baker, 77, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 25 at Blake Medical Center of Bradenton.

She was born in Sayre, Pa. Mrs. Baker spent 20-plus years on staff at Camp Falcon in Carrollton, Ohio. She was an active member of many churches, teaching Sunday school, and as a nursery and clerical worker. Mrs. Baker was a resident of Gulf Shore Mobile Home Park on Longboat Key. She served the park in many ways, including park manager, author and editor of Sound Wave, the park's newsletter, and also was an active organizer for park craft shows.

Mrs. Baker was a member of the Colonial Baptist Church of Bradenton, where a memorial service was held Nov. 26 with the Rev. R.C. Landsberger officiating.

Mrs. Baker is survived by six children, daughters Linda and husband Earl Reff of Watertown, N.Y., and Vicki and husband Robert Rhodes of Carrollton, Ohio; sons Charles E. Nelson of Stow, Ohio, Earnest Paul Nelson and Thomas D. Nelson, both of Carrollton, Ohio, and John L. Nelson of Cortez, Fla., and step-daughter, Joan and husband Joe Callan of Longboat Key; sister Mary E. Craig of Rockaway, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several neices, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

 

Hazel Ilene Powers

Hazel Ilene Powers, 87, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died in the care of Tidewell Hospice on Nov. 26.

Mrs. Powers was a school administrator in Champaign, Ill., who was respected by her peers and a had a special education wing of Carrie Busey Elementary School constructed to honor her long-standing achievements to the school district.

Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Home. A family memorial was held at Parrish United Methodist Church, and memorial donations may be made to the church, 12140 69th St. E., Parrish FL 34219, or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

She is survived by son Gordon E. Powers Jr. and wife Mary Lynne of Bradenton; three grandchildren, Grier Powers, Kelly Powers Ferguson and Justin Powers, and seven great-grandchildren.

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