In loving memory of

Lynda Baker
July 29, 1953 - December 23, 2020

Lynda Baker, 67, of Quincy, passed away on December 23, 2020 at Blessing Hospital after a long battle of complications from diabetes.

Lynda was born in Quincy on July 29, 1953 to Paul and Mildred (Gardner) Morgan. She was raised in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

She attended Irving School from Kindergarten through first grade before attending St. James Lutheran School through 8th grade. She then attended Quincy Junior High School and graduated from Quincy Senior High School in 1971. She would later marry her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Steve. Lynda graduated from Concordia University (River Forest) in 1974.

Lynda first met Steve when she invited him to go on a hayrack ride during their sophomore year of high school in November of 1968. They were crazy about each other ever since. On November 1, 1975, Lynda and Steve were married at Parkview Church in Quincy, officiated by the late Pastor George Tomko. They first met Pastor Tomko when he was their school bus driver while they attended QHS. A few years later, Pastor Tomko was thrilled when asked to officiate their wedding. Their marriage was a true love story, loving each other more and more as each year passed. They were blessed with a son, Michael, on February 17, 1982.

Lynda briefly taught first grade at St. James Lutheran School and would later be employed as a dental assistant for Dr. Donald Reis. She then worked for Harris Broadcast for over 25 years and retired as Manager of Order Administration. While at Harris, she met her lifetime best friend and travel companion, Deb Huttenburg. They got together often with former Harris Broadcast co-workers and friends, Jackie Humphrey and Carolyn Lauder whom stuck with Lynda to the very end.

Lynda's life was always centered around faith, family, and friends. She loved to travel and vacation which almost always involved traveling with, or going to visit friends and family. She cherished her roles as friend, wife, mom, and grandma. She was so proud to be the mother of Michael Baker, who brought her such joy, along with his wife, Erin. She absolutely adored her two grandsons, Ethan and Evan.

Lynda was a type 1 diabetic for over 50 years, and it took a serious toll on her health. She battled through numerous health problems which she was not expected to survive. She overcame these situations using her strong faith and will to live so she could see her friends and family again. Unfortunately, her diabetic complications over the last several months left her body too weak to make another miraculous comeback.

Her faith really showed during her times of adversity. She would always say, "Don't worry about me because I know where I am going (Heaven)." Lynda certainly taught us how to live, but also how to deal with the end of life with courage, calmness, and love. She will be greatly missed.

Lynda is survived by her husband, Steve, son, Michael (Erin), cherished grandsons, Ethan and Evan, all of Quincy. Her brother John Paul "JP" Morgan (Donna Leezer) of Payson, IL. Mother-in-law, Dorothy Baker, and sister-in-law, Kathy Anastas, of Quincy, and best friend, Deb Huttenburg of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Dakota.

Lynda was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, Paul and Mildred (Gardner) Morgan, and brother-in-law, Terrance "Terry" Anastas.

The family would like to thank Dr. Adam Reyburn, Courtney Kruthoff (CNP), Dr. Halley Anderson, all the Blessing Healthcare Workers, especially on the Skilled Nursing Unit, for their quality care and compassion. Also, special thanks to the staff and workers at Good Samaritan Home that also cared for and assisted Lynda.

Lynda was cremated per her wishes. Due to COVID restrictions, a private memorial service will be held. You may view the Memorial Service using this link:

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Good Samaritan Home, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, or Friends of the Trail. Memorial Donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Deb Potts wrote on Jan 12, 2021:

"My deepest sympathy on the loss of Lynda. Though I didn?t know Lynda she sounds like someone I would have loved to call friend. I will be keeping you all in prayer."

Corrine Freier wrote on Dec 31, 2020:

"My parents were friends of Lynda?s parents and when they would play cards together, all of us kids would play. So I?ve known Lynda for a long time. She also taught me guitar and I played at their wedding. I?m so sorry to hear of her passing. My prayers are with the family. "

Deb wrote on Dec 28, 2020:

"I could not have asked for a better best friend. Lynda was always there for me through thick and thin. She was my ?person.? She and Steve always made me feel like a member of their wonderful family-we made a lot of great memories together. I thank God for Steve for taking such good care of her and being such a strong advocate when she needed one. Rest In Peace dear friend."

Katie Rice wrote on Dec 28, 2020:

"Heartfelt prayers to the family. I always loved catching up with Lynda at her hair appointments, and will miss her so!"

Tammy (Olson) Schroeder wrote on Dec 28, 2020:

"Our thoughts and prayers to Lynda's family and friends. She was such a sweet lady and person to work with at Harris and was a friend to all that knew her. Fly high sweet angel."

Cathy Waterkotte wrote on Dec 27, 2020:

"Steve and family: So sorry for your loss of Lynda! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy Waterkotte"

Michael O’Connell wrote on Dec 27, 2020:

"Steve We are sad to hear about your loss. We have fond memories of good times together with you and her. Our full sympathy Mike and Jeanne O?Connell "

Mike Nowack wrote on Dec 26, 2020:

"I am so sorry to read of Lynda?s passing. She was such a wonderful lady to know and work with for so many years at Harris. She was always cheerful and a very hard worker. My sympathy to her family. May God comfort you in your loss."

Joe Schaffer wrote on Dec 25, 2020:

" sorry to learn of Lynda's passing. Phyllis and I extend our sympathy. "

Claude Humphrey wrote on Dec 25, 2020:

"Forever a member of "THE GOLDEN Girls"...she will be missed. Prayers for your family...may God keep you in this time of sorrow."

Richard Fry wrote on Dec 24, 2020:

"Lynda was good friend, and a hard worker / fellow employee with me at Harris for many years. I remember her fondly, and am saddened at her passing. Richard Fry, Quincy."

Tod Cunningham wrote on Dec 24, 2020:

"I was so sorry to hear of Linda?s passing. She was as real fighter for so very long, but yet always seemed to project peace & positivity. Steve - you could not have been a better caregiver for these many years. You both chose very well. Our hearts, prayers, and any needs go to you & our extended family. Tod Cunningham & Family"

Rick Proske wrote on Dec 24, 2020:

"So sorry to hear about Lynda. She was so nice to work with at Harris Broadcast."

Christine Schaller wrote on Dec 24, 2020:

"Sorry to read about Lynda?s passing. Saint James school and Our Redeemer Church where our children attended. My thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Hal Koenig wrote on Dec 23, 2020:

"What an awesome lady....."