Elinor Verona (Klineline) Baker (1917 - 2003)



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at Missoula, Montana,


at Renton, Washington,

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at Pacific Ocean,
Long Beach, Pacific County, WA United States


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Long Beach, Pacific County, WA

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Father: Harry Bryan Klineline
Mother: Zella (Grabeel) Klineline
Siblings: Harry "Jack" Klineline, Erva Louise (Klineline) Van Fleet, and Eloise Billie (Klineline) Pierce

Husband: Claire Edward Baker
Children with Claire: Jean Ann (Baker) Newman and Monty Edward Baker


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Past co-owner of Tradewinds Cottages in Long Beach, Washington, with her husband Claire.


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1917 - In the year that Elinor Verona (Klineline) Baker was born, Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari was convicted and executed as a German spy. Since Mata Hari, born Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, was a citizen of the Netherlands (which remained neutral in World War 1), she could travel freely in Europe. Her travels (and her romantic entanglements) raised suspicion and she was arrested by the French and found guilty. There is still controversy about her guilt although her name has become synonymous with a seductive female spy.

1920 - By the time she was only 3 years old, the National Football League, first called the American Professional Football Association, was created. College football was more popular than pro football and rising player salaries were bankrupting league owners. In response, owners created the NFL, using the pro baseball association as a model. Eleven teams were formed: the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Hammond Pros, Massillon Tigers, Muncie Flyers, Racine Cardinals, Rochester Jeffersons and Rock Island Independents.

1951 - At the age of 34 years old, Elinor was alive when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

1953 - At the age of 36 years old, Elinor was alive when on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

1976 - When she was 59 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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Elinor was a loving & humorous wife, mother, & grandmother. She loved gardening, crocheting, cooking, baking, canning foods, playing the organ, dancing, household chores, music, reading, soap operas, going for walks & playing cards or dice with her grandkids, & visiting with friends. She was well-known & loved in the community. She was survived by her daughter, Jean Ann Newman; son, Monty Baker; 5 grandchildren; Glen Newman, Theresa Newman, Sherry Pennington, Lisa Baker, & Lena Baker; 3 great-grandsons, Paul Newman, Marcus Newman, & Steven Wolf; & 3 great, great-granddaughters, Cheyenne Newman, Maddison Newman, & Haley Wolf. May God rest her blessed soul, always. She was loved, very much, by all who knew her & will surely be missed.


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Elinor was my grandmother. She loved visiting with people & her family, animals, flowers & gardening, canning, cooking & baking, tending to her cottages & visitors, playing games & walking downtown with her grandkids, crocheting afghans, playing the organ, listening to music, clam-digging, reading, crafts, & soap operas,
She was adored, greatly, by the Long Beach (WA) community. Until it started to grow, so much, she knew practically everyone who lived there.
There were many things she taught me about life, which I could never have learned anywhere else; & I treasure every moment I spent with her. My love & admiration is with her, now, as it always has been, & the precious memories we had are fondly engraved in my heart, for all eternity. I'm a better person for knowing her, & proud to have been her granddaughter. God rest her blessed soul in everlasting peace.
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