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Virginia Baker (aka Virginia Sudderth) passed away in her sleep early Friday morning, May 25th, 2012. Born Dora Virginia Ruggles on December 31st, 1921 to John "Jack" Ruggles and Dorthea DeVere of Seattle, WA; she was 90 years old.

Virginia was preceded in death by her only sibling, Joan (Ruggles) Sudderth; her youngest daughter, Debra Joan Sudderth Baker; and all three of her husbands: Boyd Baker, Joe Sudderth and Harold Raine.

Our mom was much loved and is now sorely missed by her surviving family members. Her children: John (Alice) Raine of Valley Springs, CA; Kathi (Casey) Hammett of Carson City, NV; Barbara (Greg) Nuckols of Cloverdale CA; Michael (Jackie)Sudderth of Lodi, CA; and Tom (Laura) Sudderth of Olivehurst, CA. Her grandchildren: Jeffrey Hammett of Aptos, CA; Andrea (Todd) Erickson of Carson City, NV; Domenique Martorella of Stockton, CA; Ehren Martorella of Sacramento, CA; Barron (Tara) Sudderth of Linden, CA; Anthony Sudderth of Sacramento, CA; Darren Baker; Veronika Sudderth of Olivehurst, CA; and Seda (Monique) Sudderth of Campbell, CA. Her great-grandchildren: Ari Erickson of Carson City, NV; and Elle and Emerson Sudderth of Linden, CA.

Virginia saw rough times growing up during the Great Depression and beginning a family during WWII; however, she maintained a wry sense of humor through-out her life. She lived in Stockton, CA during her second marriage and worked hard on the poultry ranch raising the rest of her kids. She enjoyed time with her friends and family fishing, dancing, bowling, attending ball games and playing cards. In Lodi and San Andreas, CA, she volunteered in the local hospitals and senior centers and enjoyed doing charity work. Her continued love of spectator sports remained with her until the end. If you want to remember Virginia, next time you are enjoying your favorite sport, have a ball doing it and remember to yell "Score one for Virginia!"

At our mom's request, there were no funeral services but her ashes will be spread during a private, family outing this summer.