Colorado City - Donna J. Baker, died Nov. 15, 2007, in her home after an illness of five months. Donna Baker was born February 26, 1930, in Aurelia, IA. Her parents were Lurline (Coombs) and Nels J. Waldstein. She graduated from Sioux Rapids High School in 1948. In 1949, she married John F. Graham Jr. and moved to Boise City, OK, where her three eldest children were born. Widowed after seven years, she was married again in 1958 to Rod Baker and moved to Edmond, OK where her youngest child was born. In 1972, they relocated to Colorado City where Donna lived until her death. Donna will be remembered as a fun-loving mother, grandmother, and friend. Her friendliness, creativity, and sense of humor were well-known throughout the Greenhorn Valley. She worked at Farmer's Insurance for twenty years, and was active in the Rye Home United Methodist Church, her bridge club, the Workout Express, and Red Hat Society. She was an avid fan of Oklahoma University football and professional golf. She loved to share stories about and pictures of her grandchildren. Survivors include her sister, Maxine Nielsen of Indianapolis, IN; three children, Cindy (Jim Stewart) Graham and Eric (Melodie) Baker of Colorado City, and John F. Graham III of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; son-in-law, Darrel (Ellen) Domnick of Stillwater, OK; daughter-in-law, Marisela Rizik of Eugene, OR; cousin, Jay (Pam) Carson of Boise City, OK; niece, Brenda Taylor of Littleton, CO; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Jill) Domnick, Noah Domnick, Jared (Marta) Baker, Jasper Graham, William Baker, Rubi Graham, Alondra Graham-Hernandez, and Cameron Domnick; and one great-grandson, Jonah Graham Domnick. She is predeceased by her parents, husband, John F. Graham Jr.; stepmother, Dorothy Waldstein; and daughter, Mary Ann Graham Domnick. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rye Home United Methodist Church. Internment will be in the Boise City Cemetery, Boise City, OK. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rye Home United Methodist Church or the Greenhorn Valley Players, c/o Cindy Graham, P.O. Box 19519, Colorado City, CO 81019. The family extends a special thank you to members of the Rye Home United Methodist Church, the Melby family, Margo & Mike Glasnapp, Bill Graham, and Donna's many dear friends for their support and encouragement during her illness.

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  1. It has been nearly 4 years since Donna passed from our daily company but not from our thoughts or prayers. It was my great honor to work with her for 20 years but more importantly she was a good friend and teacher. Love Bill Graham

  2. 1000 characters couldn’t begin to share my condolences or my memories of Donna. Donna was the first friend my family made when we moved to Colorado. Donna wasn’t generational – everyone loved Donna. Grandparents, grandkids, pets – everyone! Social occasions with Donna are some of the most cherished memories in my life. I am distressed that we couldn’t be there. Know that your family is in our prayers. Till we meet again.

  3. Cindy and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I am grateful for the Thanksgiving we spent together at your mom’s house.

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