Ermil Maxine Baker was born at home on a farm near Forest City, Missouri on January 12, 1927 to Minnie Marie (Wake) and George Lewis Baker. She grew up in Forest City and walked to a one room country school and later boarded with relatives to attend high school in town. After completing two years at Maryville College, she applied to teach school at the one room Harmony Grove School near Skidmore, Missouri.
She boarded with the school board president’s family, meeting their son, Joe Hainline. Joe and Ermil were married August 8, 1946 and started farming near Skidmore. In 1951 they bought their first farm near Kellerton, Iowa.
Ermil was baptized into the Kellerton Christian Church where the family attended. She was also an active member of the Rebekah Lodge as well as a homemaker and partner in the farming operation and other business ventures. Coming from a musically talented family she continued with her gift of music through singing and playing the guitar at church, funerals, community choirs, nursing homes, and in community gatherings. She loved participating in the Antique Doll Club and was an avid quilter.
Ermil died November 30, 2019 in Mount Ayr at the Clearview nursing home. She was preceded in death by husband Joe Hainline, son Frederick Hainline and his wife Patty; son-in-law Richard Hodnett; sister Mary Rea, husband Grady Rea; brothers-in-law Emil Kozak, Harold Hainline, wife Margaret and Willie Turner.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children Jo Ellen Hodnett of Mineola, Donita Lynch of Ankeny, Diana (Alan) Wilson of Winterset and Benson (D’Ambra) Hainline of Mount Ayr; grandchildren Robyn Hainline, Steve (Brenda) Hodnett, Terry Hainline, Jennifer (Joe) Trout, Jessica Wilson, Melissa (Lafe) Smith, Emily (Jody) Nye, Jody (Gretchen) Wilson, Cale (Kate) Hainline, Valerie (Shane) Christianson and Brenon Hainline; great-grandchildren Christian, Austin and Caleb Russell, Michael and Thomas Hodnett, Jackson and Jackie Jo Trout, Joey and James Trout, Julianna Mattea, Allison and James Snow, Liam, Maren and Isley Smith, Katie Jo Bereson, William Nye, Connor Boysen, Ava, Iris and Dylan Wilson, Rylie and Hayden Hainline, Ayla, Austin and Leah Christianson; great-great-grandchildren Logan Frederick Russell and Ila Joy Russel; sisters Nona (Dallas) Davis of Olathe, KS and Patricia Kozak of Lincoln, NE; brothers David (Linda) Baker and Paul Baker both of Lincoln, NE and sister-in-law Florence Turner of Marshall, MO.
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