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JoAnn Baker, 80, died Friday evening, March 28, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Atalissa following an extended illness.

JoAnn was born June 5, 1933, in Muscatine the daughter of James and Gertrude Cozad. She was united in marriage to Donald Baker; following his death she was later married to Jim Bateman.

She enjoyed gambling and had worked for the Isle of Capri, collecting stuffed animals and dolls, getting her hair and nails done, spending time with her family, traveling and dining out.

Survivors include five children, Mary Baker of Atalissa, Ronnie (Barbara) Titus of Columbus, Ga., Harold (Linda) Baker of Columbus, Ga., Larry (Carol) Baker of Columbus, Ga., and Jack (Sabrina) Baker of Phoenix City, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Madeline Black of Muscatine, May Lucas of Muscatine, Deborah Mitchell of Arizona and Alma Shank of Iowa City and sister-in-law, Charlene Cozad of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Baker and Jim Bateman, sister, Gertrude Coleman and brother Jr. Cozad.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. Visitation was Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Watkins Cemetery, rural Nichols.

Memorials may be made for Alzheimer’s Research. Online condolences may be made to the family at hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.

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