Donna Dean (Harpst) Baker, 81, died peacefully on January 20, 2013, at Hillview Nursing Home in Platte City, MO.
Donna Dean (Harpst) Baker, 81, died peacefully on January 20, 2013, at Hillview Nursing Home in Platte City, MO. Donna was born in Weston, MO on August 27, 1931 to Louis and Eva Mae Stephens Harpst. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Raymond (Jim) Harpst, Delbert Harpst, and Mary Kay Fulk. Donna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert E. "Bob" Baker and her children, Bobby (Delores) Baker, Bill Baker, and Brady (Margo) Baker of Weston, MO, Cindy (Rick) Hill of Beverly, MO, and Tammy (Ron) Sprinkle of Oviedo, FL; 11 grandchildren, Kelly Baker, Carrie Baker Spears, Jason Hill, Justin Hill, Jared Hill, Jenifer Sprinkle, Ashley Sprinkle, Cody Baker, and Samantha Jo Baker; and 3 great-grandchildren, Cydney Spears, Caiden Spears, and Clara Hill. Also surviving are siblings Louise Harpst (John) Jackson of Platte City, MO and Kenneth (Patty) Harpst of Weston, MO. After raising her five children, Donna was employed at Missouri Public service, the KCI Marriott Hotel, and as a tour guide for several travel agencies. She had great pleasure travelling throughout the United States and Canada and making many long lasting friendships. Donna was active in the Weston Garden Club, First Baptist Church of Weston, Ladies Sew-n-Sew Group, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Weston Historical Museum, Platte County Historical Society, American Red Cross Volunteers, and Save the Train Depot Committee. She was also a member of the Weston Eastern Star and received her 50-year pin. In 1971, she and Emma Margaret Frey were the first women elected to the West Platte School Board and served three terms. Donna was named 1974 Woman of the Year by the Weston Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was known by friends and neighbors for her gift and love of baking with favorites being cinnamon rolls, Italian cream cakes, brownie sheet cakes and especially her donuts at Halloween. Visitation will be 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013 at Vaughn Funeral Home in Weston. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 26th at the funeral home with burial at Graceland Cemetery in Weston. The family suggests memorial contributions to Northland Hospice or the First Baptist Church of Weston. Arrangements By: Vaughn Funeral Home-Weston, MO-Ph. 816-386-2281.