Raelene Carol Raplee Larew Baker, 67, of Morgantown, went home singing and shouting, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
She was born on October 15, 1949 on Birds Creek, near Tunnelton. She grew up on Rt. 92 in the home of Lanham "Doc" Pratt and Argyle Pyles Raplee and graduated from Newburg High School with the class of 1967.
Raelene worked at West Virginia University, Sterling Faucet and began her career as an inventory control specialist at Fourco Glass Company. She later worked for AFG Industries, Gallus, ICN Biomedicals, and eventually retired from Alpha Shirt Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a distribution center manager. Throughout her career, she was a mentor to her employees and a friend to her colleagues.
She first attended church as a child at Birds Creek United Methodist Church, which was founded by her maternal ancestors (Pyles). She later converted to the Pentecostal faith and was a longtime member of Branches of Christ Ministries in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a member of the women's ministry, she prepared meals for the less fortunate members of the Fort Wayne community. In all her interactions with others, she exemplified the ideals of her faith.
Raelene is survived by her only child, Kelly (Larew) Mayhew and husband Rick Villers; two beloved grandchildren, Logan Rae Mayhew and Garrett Allen Mayhew all of Morgantown; a step brother, Gary Michael Dillon and wife Sharon of Rockham, NC; two half brothers, Terry Lee Dillon and wife Dottie of Mount Clare and Jeffery Linn Dillon and wife Sandy and their children, Cody Dillon and Brittany Everett and her step father, Kermit Dillon all of Knottsvile.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Rue Baker on December 23, 2016 and her mother, Saralee Margaret (Raplee) Dillon on December 16, 2008.
The family would like to thank Morgantown Hospice, and especially Jacintha Nwoko and Pamela Compton, for the wonderful care and support they provided.
To honor Raelene's wishes the Field Funeral Home in Masontown will provide cremation services.
Condolences may be extended online to the family at www.fieldfuneralhome.com.