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Laurie Elaine Baker

February 15, 1970 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old

Laurie Baker Obituary

Laurie Elaine Baker Reutner passed away from an accident, in her Elko, NV home on January 28, 2024.

Laurie was born in Denver, Colorado to Thomas and Juanita Baker on February 15, 1970. She grew up camping in the Rockies, riding on horses, and farming on the prairie of Minatare, Nebraska, where she helped care for 100’s of mother cows and sheep. Her father taught her the mechanics of the farm and her mother shared her love of animals and horse expertise, lessons that Laurie internalized, and which created in Laurie compassion and care for all animals. She developed into an excellent horsewoman and admirable competitor. She was talented in other areas as well and played percussion instruments, participated in sports, and was part of the speech team where she was honored with the title of Outstanding Mock Trial student. She also implemented the first Safe Prom Night for Minatare High School and was asked to speak at the National Safety Council’s annual meeting in Oregon.

Laurie graduated from HS in 1988, received an associate degree in agriculture from Chadron State College and earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska Lincoln. She was a ten-year member of the Bit and Spur 4-H club and helped implement the Camp Scott horse show and picnic for handicapped children. She served as an International Foreign Youth Exchange representative to Taiwan, serving on the Council of Agriculture for six months. In 1992, Laurie won the Miss Rodeo Nebraska title and traveled 1000’s of miles representing rodeo and the state of Nebraska. She worked in investment banking with US BANK 2000-2021. She was member of Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Barrel Racing Association, the Rotary and Lions Clubs of Idaho.

On December 18, 2009, Laurie married her best friend Scott Reutner, and they lived in Elko, NV where they enjoyed many recreational activities and travel adventures with close friends, including barrel racing, rodeos, camping, riding ATVs, and traveling by train and plane across USA, Mexico, Central America, and Australia. Laurie always kept at least two horses and a boxer by her side, and she was a proud supporter of the building of the dog park in Elko.

She is survived by her husband Scott Reutner, Elko, NV; mother Juanita Baker, Minatare, NE; sister Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Air Force Valerie Baker Brabson (Clifford) Minatare, NE; Uncle and Aunt Gary and Barbara Carney; sister-in-law Stephanie Reutner, niece Mattie Suver (Curtis) and grandnieces Laina and Gabe Suver; nephew Chase Bridgmon; many grand and great grand cousins; her beloved dogs, Gretel and Hondo; horses Hatter and Stormy; and all the stray cats and kittens her heart could find.

Laurie was preceded in death by her father Thomas Baker, Grandparents Frank and Helen Baker, Samuel and Bonnie Guinn; Aunt Carol Wescott, Uncle Samuel Guinn and Uncle Stanley Baker; Inlaws Mary Lou Buffington, Bruce Reutner, and Richard Reutner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Laurie’s name would be gratefully accepted to aid homeless critters at the Panhandle Humane Society (126 S. Beltline Highway, Scottsbluff NB 69361) or Endless Pawsibilities Foundation (PO Box 1504, Carlin, NV 89822).

A memorial service will be held in the Spring when the wildflowers that Laurie loved are in bloom at the little mountain Morrison Cemetery, Morrison, Co where many of Laurie’s family members are laid to rest.



I have lied in the sight of the ocean

Where the water runs into the land

I have walked on the beach in the morning

And left my footprints in the sand

But musical waves have been calling

And the ocean is so wide and vast

That I’ve struck for the silver horizon

And put out to sea at last



I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.

She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says,

“She is gone”.

Gone! Where?

Gone from my sight-that is all

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