Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Barbara Carol Baker

Barbara Carol Baker, age 78, of Shelby, died in the hospice unit of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.

Barb was born July 8, 1944 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Glen and Beulah (Ballengee) Parsley and graduated in 1962 from Northwest High School in McDermott, Ohio. Barb worked for Shelby Business Forms for over 35 years, retiring at its closing under the Miami Systems ownership.

Barb was an active member of the Shelby Senior and Community Center where she enjoyed the exercise classes and often helped with their fundraiser dinners. She also had been a volunteer at Shelby Helpline Ministries and her hobbies included playing cards, reading, cooking, and travels with her companion, Steve, to listen to music or for other adventures. Truly, Barb loved any time she could spend with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Kellie (John) Caporini of Ashland, Chris Conley (Diane Arter) of Shelby, and Blair (Caylah) Baker of Willard; grandchildren: Austin (Jaylin) Baker, Ryleigh Baker, and Ella Baker; a great granddaughter due in January 2023: Brynlee; special friend and companion: Steve Young; her husband Bob’s children and their families; sisters: Bonnie Emmons of McDermott, Sally Wright of Houston, TX, and Paula (Bill) Parrish of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her first husband: Clay Conley on August 30, 1982; second husband: Robert R. “Bob” Baker on December 29, 2015; and brother-in-law: Jack Emmons.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 11 am-1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 1 pm. Pastor Lester Champer, Pastor at Shelby First Church of the Nazarene where Barb was a member, will officiate the services. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Senior and Community Center, 154 North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Kelly Baker Shifferly says:

    I, along with family, always loved Barb. She always gave the best hugs. She always complimented me when she saw me on something and always told me that I cracked her up. She was a blast to be around and she had the best laughs. She will be truly missed…

  2. Fran Smith says:

    So sorry to hear about Barb. I meant her at the Senior Center in Silver Sneakers. Barb always had a smile on her face and she was a lot of fun at exercise. Not only there though there were a group of us that would go for coffee, just make some trips around Ohio and always had a great time. And she loved, loved her children and grandchildren. May you all hold dear memories made and find comfort in the love she had for you all. Steve too she loved sharing time with you, find comfort in that time you shared with her. May God hold you all close and find comfort and reassurance in memories that warmed your hearts. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers❤️ Rest In Peace Barb❤️You will be missed.

  3. Karen Barnett says:

    Rest in the arms of Jesus. My prayers for her family may God comfort your broken hearts. See again, soon. ❤️

  4. Alicia Walker says:

    My heart goes out to the whole family .
    I know this is a big loss to your family praying God gives you strength and comfort in the coming days.

  5. Allison says:

    Kellie – I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom, she was always such a sweet lady! Hugs to you.

    Allison (Stine)

  6. Teresa Ousley says:

    Kelly and Chris and families. I’m am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for God’s comfort for your families. She was such a kind and friendly soul. We haven’t seen her much in the last few years but have always loved her.
    Love, David and Teresa Ousley

  7. Jenni Paramore says:

    So sorry for your loss. Sending positive thoughts your way.

  8. Beverly Johnston says:

    Chris, So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I just met her a couple of years ago playing cards. She was so much fun, she will be greatly missed.

  9. Jodi Messner says:

    Kellie, I am so sorry for your loss of a great mom. Barb was always as sweet as can be. She had a great sense of humor and had so much fun on her travels. Prayers for your family.
    Jodi Messner

  10. Chris says:

    Blair, Steve and family.
    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Such a sweet person and friend to me.
    May she Rest In Peace.

    Chris DeVito

  11. Jim & Barb Eakins says:

    It is with deep sadness that that we have learned of Barb’s death, and we extend sincere sympathy to her children, grandchildren, and to Steve and all of Barb’s extended family and friends.
    Barb came to Shelby in 1963 at the age of 19 to work in the new Albers Store. It was Jim’s first managerial job. Barb was an excellent worker with a really nice personality.
    Years passed, and we connected with her again at the Silver Sneakers exercise classes at the Senior Center. She was always smiling and so good to be around.
    Her friend, Steve was the Pepsi sales and supervisor when Jim was the manager of Great Scot Supermarket. Steve, you were the best! We know you miss her terribly, but we know you are grateful for the time you had together.
    Nothing we can say will ease your pain, but we are forever sorry for losing someone so special.


    Barb came to Shelby from Portsmouth in 1963 when the new Albers Supermarket opened, and it was the first store Jim managed. Barb was am

  12. Maureen Tackett says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure but only for a short time to know Barbara. I helped her as a customer service rep. In that short time of helping her I saw how very nice and dear she was. My sincere condolences to Austin and all the family.

  13. Chantell Conley says:

    My heart goes out to your family! I am so sorry for your loss. Grandma Barb, may you dance with the angels now. Hugs and prayers.
    Clay Conley’s granddaughter, Gary Conley’s daughter, Chantell Conley and family.

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