Ella Mae Baker

CENTRALIA — Ella Mae Baker, 98, of Centralia, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016 at Fireside Nursing Home.

She was born the daughter of Enoch A. and Susie (Brazzel) Downes on July 14, 1917 in Jefferson County, Illinois. She married picture-pubVirgil Baker on January 14, 1937 in Nashville, Illinois. He preceded her in death on February 22, 1958.

Survivors include son Buddy Baker of Centralia; daughter Edith Sphere of Centralia; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents and husband Virgil Baker.

Ella was of Methodist faith. She spent over 60 years of her life in the Irvington area.

A private graveside service will be held for the family. Irvin Macz Funeral Homes in Centralia is in charge of arrangements

Condolences or memories of Ella may be shared with the family by visiting maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.