MICHELL L. BAKER
TOPEKA- Michell Lynn Baker, 52, of Topeka, KS, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Stormont Vail Hospital. She was born July 21, 1969 in Syracuse, KS, the daughter of Harmond “Gene” Slate and Karen Sue (Reynolds) Immenschuh.
Michell attended Lakin High School and later earned her GED. She attended Colby Community College, Highland Community College and Garden City Community College. Michell worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and Certified Medication Aide at High Plains Retirement Center in Lakin, KS and Briar Hill Nursing Home in Garden City, KS. She had also worked for Subway in Holton, KS and I-70 Auction in Topeka, KS.
Michell was a member Topeka V.F.W. Post 1650 and in her younger years she was a Browning and Girl Scout member. She enjoyed swimming, fishing, her cats and dogs and collecting unicorns.
She married Daniel Mannel in 1989 at Garden City, KS; they later divorced. She married Randy Baker; they divorced.
Survivors include her mother, Karen Immenschuh of Chelsea, OK; father and step-mother, Gene and Susan Slate of Lakin, KS; 4 children, Zachary Mannel (Hillary) of Maize, KS, Jacob Mannel of Sioux Falls, SD, Megan Mannel of Hayes, KS and Devon Mannel of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Melinda Lytle (Gary) of Mayetta, KS and 3 grandchildren, Sophie, Greta and Heinrich; niece, Katherine Davidson; step-niece, Libbie Lytle; 2 nephews, Brendan Sean Cain and Geoffrey Aiden Cain; great-nieces, Mackenzie, Piper, Sophie, Nichole and Nevaeh; 2step-brothers and 3 step-sisters.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jack and Norma Jean Reynold; paternal grandparents, Harmond and Fay Slate and step-father, Warren Immenschuh.
Private Family Memorial Service will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to Michell Baker Memorial Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.
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Dale Lee Simmons passed away on July 30, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the age of 81. He was born on February 23, 1941, in Pratt, Kansas, to John and Theda (Carr) Simmons.
Dale grew up in Pratt, Kansas until he was seven years old. The family then moved to Hartman, Colorado,where he played basketball for the Hartman Bears. Dale graduated with the class of 1959, the last class to graduate from Hartman. He was united in marriage to Frances Leah Dennis on August 30, 1959. To this union, four children were born.
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Dale is survived by his wife, Frances Simmons of the home; four children, Denise (Bob) Fazzino of Canon City, Colorado, Dennis (Jackie) Simmons of Hartman, Colorado, Dean (Jessie) Simmons of Hartman, Colorado, and Donna (David) Woodward of Port Orchard, Washington; eight grandchildren, Melissa Swope Woodward, Jeremy (Lindsey) Woodward, Dustin (Grace) Simmons, Kayla (Jason) Kirkpatrick, Dawn (Sean) Kelley, Sean (Krissy) Woodward, Gayle (Clay) Tatum, and Erin (Burley) Jerina; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Mary Rita) Simmons of Lamar, Colorado; sister, Ginger (Andy) Pittman of Arkansas; many other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Cook; and stepfather, Herschel Melton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Fire and Ambulance or the Town of Hartman in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, Colorado 81052. To leave online condolences, please visit www.valleymemorialfc.com.
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