Sharon L. Baker
Sharon L. Baker, age 73, who had exceeding joy and love for her family, friends, horses, and pets, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on January 14, 2020 after a short and noble battle with cancer.
Survived by husband Dennis L. Baker of Eagle, Nebraska; daughter Michaele Kujath, Lincoln Nebraska; son Kevin Kujath & Nicole Jensen, Greenwood, Indiana; grandsons: Joshua & Elizabeth (Sechrest) Kujath, Papillion, Nebraska; Stuart Kujath & Amanda Clark, Apple Valley, Minnesota; and Graeson Kujath, son of Kevin and Nicole. Preceded in death by parents Michael J. and Mary Elizabeth (Custis) Schmal and brother Michael J. Schmal Jr.
Born in Fairbury, Nebraka (formally of Beatrice & Lincoln), her friends that knew her then called her “Stormie.” The doctor that delivered her during a fierce thunderstorm gave her the befitting moniker.
Sharon realized her dream come true when she and husband Dennis formally of Unadilla, Nebraska moved to their acreage just outside of Eagle, Nebraska in 2003. Finally, her horse: The Alchemist ‘Doc’ was right outside her door and she was home. There were many fur and feather companions on the acreage that added joy to their lives. She told countless stories about her beloved horses, chickens, cats, dogs & Guinea Hens.
Sharon worked at different jobs to provide for her family, many times as a single mother: Weavers Potato Chip Co, Centel Corporation, Payless Cashways Inc, United Parcel Service & Ready Mix Concrete Co. She drove a school bus while her children were in grade school. Sharon retired from the Department of Correctional Services October 13, 2017 after a career beginning as a Buyer in the Purchasing Department and advancing to Business Manager at multiple facilities during her 20-year tenure.
Sharon and Dennis enjoyed Carriage Driving together and Sharon competed fearlessly in Combined Driving Events (CDEs) with Doc. She and Doc had over 25 years together and gradually gained the trust in each other needed to compete. She said that Doc taught her everything she needed to know about competitive Carriage Driving.
She became a member of the Unadilla Christian Church around 2004 where she and Dennis preformed numerous songs together in praise.
Other interests included singing, photography, motorcycles & horse races which fostered a love for Secretariat, an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Most recently she enjoyed discovering old barns while traveling to visit family, Professional & College Football and The World Series. She loved her church family as well as many friends that she considered family.
A celebration of Sharon’s life was on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Unadilla Christian Church, 400 Sixth Street in Unadilla, Nebraska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Sharon L. Baker
She will be missed. Prayers for her family
I am going to miss you with all of my heart. You were ALWAYS there for me. I am glad that you are not suffering anymore. But the world lost one hell of a woman!!! Love you always!!!!
So very sorry for your loss. I met her thru ENDS Driving club. She helped me a great deal and I enjoyed showing with her.
Prayers for you and your family Michaele. Tom & Cindy.
Doc and Sharon are cruising courses together again, top speed, feeling good. A life well lived.
Working with Sharon was a joy! She was a true horseman as well. Prayers to her family and friends ad we mourn.
I hope that the Lord brings her family the much-needed comfort and peace during this sad time. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
My prayers for Sharon and her family.
My thoughts and prayers to Sharon’s family.
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you as you go through this difficult time
Michaele – we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Fond memories of long ago with Sharon, families and friends!!
I am so sorry to hear of Sharon’s passing. I’ve known Sharon through our horses for almost 30 years. I used to ride her horse Casper “Cap”, a beautiful bay Arabian. I always enjoyed her sense of humor and her infectious laugh. She will be so dearly missed.
So sorry Dennis. Condolences to you and the rest of the family. She was a good friend and neighbor.
Sharon and Dennis helped me many times, everytime I called for help, there they were. Neighbors who made our country living dream come true. She helped me with my “Blue boy” quarterhorse, always seeing what I was doing wrong. Also rides with her horse & buggy. Magic days…Rieb
I met Sharon many years ago at ENDS beginning driving clinics and was given the honor of taking Doc for a spin, breathtaking for someone who had never driven before. Sharon was very generous with her knowledge and encouragement, and she will be greatly missed.
My Dear Sharon. I will miss you so much. Dennis you are in my thoughts and prayers
Sharon was certainly a one-of- a-kind of person – fun, positive, with a contagious laugh. She loved her singing time with Sweet Adelines and the quartets that she sang in as well. She had a caring spirit for other people. She will be missed by many. Prayers for comfort and peace as you all go through this difficult time of loss.
So sorry Dennis and family of Sharon. I knew Sharon from horse activities many many years ago. Remember when she first got Doc -a little tentative for both at first but eventually they put it all together for many years. Safely in God’s hands now.
. So sorry to hear of your loss of Sharon – I was in the class of 1965 at Fairbury. May peace and great memories surround you!