In Loving Memory of Kerri Baker: 1959-2022


Kerri (Foss) Baker, 62 years old, of Galvin, passed away on Oct. 26, 2022. She was born Nov. 12, 1959 in Seattle, Washington to Jack and Thelma Foss. Kerri married Steven Baker in 1982 and they shared nearly 40 wonderful years together. 

Kerri is survived by and will be greatly missed by her husband Steven; her four children Amanda (Kris) McDougall, of Galvin, Ali (Travis) Allsup, of Tumwater, James Baker, of Centralia, and Steven Baker, of Chehalis; and her beloved grandchildren Landon, Delaney, Aspen and Braxton. 

Kerri’s early years were spent in Fall City, Washington, a place that held many dear early memories for her. Kerri and her family moved to the Centralia area when she was 6, which she happily called home for the rest of her life. Growing up, Kerri’s family loved to travel and she collected many wonderful stories of their road trips around the United States. She started working at Centralia Safeway at the age of 16, a job she held until she retired to focus on being a grandma in 2012. Kerri was incredibly proud of her 36 years at Safeway, and she loved getting to know her repeat customers and keeping up with the “goings-on” around town as folks came through her checkout line. (Her children loved it a little less as teenagers, as she often heard tales of where they were and what they were up to.) 

Outside of work, Kerri loved the beach, visiting Reno to gamble, reading and gardening, and was known for her green thumb and flextensive flower collection that often took over the entire back deck of their house. In her later years, Kerri’s greatest joy was spending time with and spoiling her four grandchildren. 

Preceding her in death were her parents Jack Foss and Thelma Foss, her beloved in-laws James and JoAnne Baker, and her brothers Mark and Mike Foss. She is survived by her sister, Jennifer Foss. 

If you knew Kerri, you likely knew of her love for coffee. Please join us for a celebration of life at 1 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2022, at The White Space, 203 N. Tower Ave., Centralia, Washington, where we will be serving coffee and her favorite desserts as a tribute.