Rosemarie "Rosie" (Shives) Baker, age 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, November 26, 2015 at her home in Trafalgar, after an all-too-short battle with brain cancer.
Rosie was born in Indianapolis on September 2, 1950, to her parents; Clyde W. "Bill" and Lora (Henson) Shives. She was a 1968 graduate of Ben Davis High School and a resident of central Indiana for most of her life. Rosie was a retiree from Indian Creek Intermediate School, where she worked as a custodian. She also worked for several years at Block's Department Store in downtown Indianapolis and later for Regency Place Nursing Home in Greenwood.
For much of her life, Rosie busied herself with causes to support her friends and her community. She was active for many years in raising college scholarships with the Indian Creek Dollars for Scholars group. She was a member of the Morgantown First Christian Church and later Trafalgar's New Covenant Fellowship. Rosie was a strong supporter of the Lord's Locker in Trafalgar and other faith causes in southern Johnson County. She loved gardening, caring for her animal companions and she was an example to many in her faith in God and her giving spirit. Her family was profoundly moved by the many friends who sent cards, well-wishes, or stopped by to see Rosie; it is a testament to her impact on her community. Rosie was a friend to everyone she met, and many that she never did.
Rosie is survived by her father, Bill Shives of Indianapolis; children, Kristopher "KC" (Laura) Baker of Indianapolis and Jacqueline (Ryan) Newton of Portland, OR; siblings, Nancy (John) Duell and Steven Shives, both of Indianapolis; and a granddaughter, Lenora Newton of Portland, OR; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving is her longtime companion George Shields of Morgantown.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lora.
The Rev. Don Whetstine will conduct a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
The family would love to receive flowers or would welcome your donation in her honor to the Franciscan St. Francis Hospice, 8414 Franciscan Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46237 or The Lord's Locker, PO Box 327, Trafalgar, IN 46181 or to a cause of the donor's choice, in her honor.
Condolences to the Baker family can be made at www.meredith-clark.com .