Marian Baker Owens, age 92, died May 29, 2020 from Cancer at her home, with her loving family members by her side. She was the first born to George Nollner and Bessie Sprunger in Ruby Alaska, in a little white house by the school house (as she loved to say) on November 28, 1927. Marian worked in Galena as a baker and cook, and also at the Post Office. Marian was the oldest of George & Bessie’s four children, along with Jenny Silas, Christopher Nollner and Margaret (Williams) Patrick. Her father George went through the ice with his dog team on the Yukon River in May 1931. Bessie later married Earl Wholecheese and had 17 more children.
Marian met Walter Baker in Galena, Alaska, where he was stationed at the airbase. Walter swept Marian off of her feet and they were married soon after. After they were married they moved to Fairbanks with Stuart and Clayton and then onto California. There they raised Stuart, Clayton, Larry, Delores, Walter Jr, and David in Vallejo, CA. They moved back up to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1960 and Danny, the youngest, was born in Fairbanks. Walter was a teamsters union member. Marion’s husband, Walter was killed in an accident at his place of work. She continued raising her children in Fairbanks and was a professional seamstress. She was known for the parkas and her many outfits she sewed.
She met then married Dale Owens on December 31st, 1988 and they made their home in North Pole then moved to Ninilchik, AK. After Dale died, she moved back to Fairbanks to be near her children and family.
Marian is survived by her children, sons, Stuart Baker of Fairbanks, Larry Baker of Ninilchik, Walter Baker Jr., David Baker, of North Pole and Danny Baker, of North Pole and her daughter Delores Baker, of Fairbanks. Her brothers, Thomas (Susie) Wholecheese of Fairbanks, Larry Wholecheese of Galena, Archie Wholecheese of Galena, her sisters, Margaret Williams Patrick of Galena, Maudrey Vent of Galena, Joyce Hausmann of Galena, Pearl Southman of Texas, Josephine Semekan of Fairbanks, and sister-in-law Edith Nollner of Fairbanks and 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, George Nollner & Bessie Nollner Wholecheese. Her husband Walter Baker and Dale Owens, her son Clayton Baker, her brothers, Christopher Nollner, Joseph Wholecheese, Basil Wholecheese, Claude Wholecheese, Walter Wholecheese, Roy John Wholecheese and Francis Williams, her sisters Jenny Silas, Jean Agnes, Ruth, Eleanor Bryant and Jean Jenkins, Minnie Robertson, her daughter in-law Lorriane Baker, her brother-in-law Walter Williams, Daniel Patrick and George Jenkins.
Marian’s service will start out at the American Legion (at 129 1st Ave. in Fairbanks) on June 6th at 1 pm followed by burial at Birch Hill Cemetery at 2 pm followed immediately by a Celebration of Life back at the American Legion.
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