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Avanell Baker

Alice Avanell Baker, 94 of Glenwood, Iowa formerly of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on August 29, 2020 at Glen Haven Village in Glenwood. She was born August 17, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Harvey and Alice Hazel McConnell.

Avanell was united in marriage to Frank Wheeler. To this union four children were born. The family resided in Des Moines where Avanell was employed as an underwriter at Preferred Risk Insurance Company for more than 30 years. She was a member of P.E.O., the United Methodist Church and was an avid bridge player belonging to numerous bridge clubs. Avanell was an advocate for V.O.R. which is a national parent group for people with intellectual disabilities.

Avanell and Frank divorced in 1963 and she was united in marriage to Terry Baker in 1968. Avanell relocated to Glenwood in 2014 to be closer to her family.

Preceding Avanell in passing were her parents, husband and sons, Craig Wheeler and Scott Wheeler. Survivors include her daughters Sandra Lloyd (John) of Foley, Alabama; Nancy Rounds (Kent) of Glenwood, Iowa; step-children Brad Baker (Sue) of Cicero, Indiana; Shelly Ward (Brad) of Benbrooke, Texas; Brian Baker (Jennifer) of Fortville, Indiana; grandchildren Eric Rounds (Jennifer), Jason Rounds and Angee Fouss (Matt); great-grandchildren Allee Rounds, Cameron Rounds, Cole Fouss, Chase Rounds, Jabe Rounds and Lydia Fouss; step-grandchildren Zachary Baker, Robin Baker, Paige Morrison, Stephanie Morrison, Mandi Thome (Brian), Tristan Baker and Jenny Roether (Rob); step-great-grandchildren Haley Jane Thome; extended relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 

A memorial fund has been established.   

3 Condolences

  • Sarah Biermann Posted August 31, 2020 9:37 pm

    My sympathy: she was my P. E.O. Sister and such a sweet lady. It was my honor to have known her.

  • Jamie Meyer Posted September 1, 2020 9:35 am

    What a dear and graceful soul she was. My sympathies to the family. God bless you all.

  • Sybil Finken Posted September 1, 2020 10:16 am

    I knew Avanell for many years. She was an outspoken advocate on behalf of her son who had intellectual disabilities. We called her by her childhood nickname, Connie. She made a difference.

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