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Twyla Burdene (Cunningham) BAKER


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 6/28/2011 at 18:08:25

August 12, 1921 --- June 27, 2010

LONE TREE, Iowa - Twyla Burdene Baker, 88, Lone Tree, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City. Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Casket bearers will be John Forbes, Neil Forbes, Russ Forbes, Trey Forbes, Logan Forbes and Keith Dodson. Burial will take place in Lone Tree Cemetery. Following the committal services at the cemetery, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Lone Tree American Legion. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2010, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lone Tree First Responders in memory of Burdene.

Twyla was born on August 12, 1921, in Graettinger, the daughter of Rev. John A. E. and Agnes Cunningham. She attended schools in Bridgewater, Yorktown, Strahan, Cumberland, Seymour, and Keswick, Iowa. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 1941. She attended Simpson College then earned her teaching certificate from Iowa Wesleyan College. Burdene taught kindergarten in Goldfield and Nichols. She married Robert Nathan Baker on June 28, 1953. She was a homemaker and helped on the family farm. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, dogs and her son, Ralph's rabbits. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Robert Baker of Lone Tree; a son, Ralph L. Baker of Lone Tree; and two sisters, Thora Collins of Des Moines, and Giovanna Ries and husband, Roger, of West Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Gerald and John Cunningham; a sister, Zella Ridenour and husband, Orville.



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