Janice Elaine Baker-Barry, a resident of Willow Springs, peacefully passed away Friday evening, April 29, 2022, while at Willow Care Nursing Home. She was born February 18, 1941, in Macomb, Illinois to George H. and Eva R. (Arntzen) Baker. She was 81 years old.
Jan graduated high school in Good Hope, IL in May 1959. She married Roy Barry in March 1960 in Oakland, NE. To this union two sons were born: Dade Hamilton and Duke Hayden. The family moved from Freemont, NE to Vanzant, MO in 1962, where Jan helped her husband run the farm. In 1968, she and Roy opened a multi-line insurance agency and moved to Willow Springs. They purchased 80 acres of land, built a house, and raised their family. In 1969, they started an electrical and heating/air conditioning business. Jan was very artistic and would hand draw many beautiful murals on the walls of their home. She also designed and drew banners for local businesses. She was an accomplished seamstress and made clothing for her family. Jan was well-known for her love of hats and had quite a collection of them. She especially loved dressing in clothes with graphic floral prints paired with her colorful hats. She will be dearly missed by her family, her friends, and all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers and their spouses: Jim Baker, Wayne Baker and his wife, Ruth, David Baker and his wife, Mary, and Kenny Baker and his wife, Nola; her ex-husband, Roy Barry, ex-husband, Elmo Baldridge and one great-grandson, Brody River Barry.
Jan is survived by her sons: Dade Barry (Ronda), Duke Barry (Cindy), her stepson, Curt Baldridge (Roxie), her stepdaughter, Sherry Bollinger (Brian); her grandchildren: Brian Barry (Caiti), Kurt Barry, Karley Good (Christopher); her step-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Dona Baker. She is further survived by her great grandchildren: Mason Burks, Tyson Burks, Camden Barry, Levi Good, and Noah Good, and numerous nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC. Online condolences may be expressed at www.willowspringsfuneralhome.com
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