Mary Baker

Born on 1927-12-15

Departed on 2011-03-01

Resided in Fredericksburg, VA

Mary Ellen Baker, 83, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Mrs. Baker was born on December 15, 1927 in the Ruther Glen section of Caroline County. She moved to Fredericksburg with her family, growing up and attending Fredericksburg City Schools. She was a 1945 graduate of James Monroe High School and a 1949 graduate of Mary Washington College. She taught school for over 30 years in the counties of Spotsylvania, Henrico, and Stafford, retiring from Stafford County Schools in 1990. She was a lifetime member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher.

Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Eugenia and Ernest Noland Donahoe and her first husband, John “Jack” Lewis.

Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Baker; her son, David Lewis of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Becky Murray and her husband, John, of Fredericksburg; her granddaughters, Caitlin and Elizabeth Murray of Fredericksburg; her brother, Ernie Donahoe of Fredericksburg; her sister, Jean Lea of Franklin, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband’s children, William Baker, Jr. of Richmond, Frances Lee Schwartz of Richmond, and Betty A. Elswick of Spotsylvania; his grandchildren, Matthew Schwartz, Amanda Schwartz, Betty Anne Elswick and Niki Elswick; and his siblings, Walter Baker of Spotsylvania, Herman Baker of Caroline County, Al Baker of Caroline, and Genevieve Slonczewski of New York.

A funeral service will be held at 2pm Saturday, March 5, at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm Friday, March 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22405 or a charity of choice.

22 thoughts on Mary Baker

  1. SHARON LINTON on said:

    Mrs. Baker was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

  2. Pam McWhirt on said:

    My prayers are for all of you as you cope with this difficult loss. Please let your loving memories sustain you during this sad time and please take heart in knowing that in heaven there is no more suffering, only great peace and joy.

  3. Cynthia Lea Ligon on said:

    Aunt Mary Ellen was a remarkable woman — full of life, laughter, and love. I will always cherish my fond memories of Christmases spent with her; they are the fabric of my childhood. I am looking forward to celebrating her beautiful life.

  4. Debbie Graf on said:

    Aunt Mary Ellen enlighted us with her stories, her wisdom and her warmth. We will miss her greatly, but know she is in a place of peace.

  5. Susan Hall Benoit on said:

    Mr. Baker,
    I’m so sorry for your loss; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Janis Fraser on said:

    Aunt Mary Ellen will always live on in the hearts and memories of those whose lives she touched. I hope she’s having a huge celebration with those who have gone before her…what joy it must bring to reunite with loved ones!

  7. Megan Graf on said:

    I’ve always heard such great stories about Aunt Mary Ellen from my family. She will greatly be missed.

  8. Stacy Cooper on said:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  9. Lauren MacQuarrie on said:

    My deepest condolences to the Baker family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  10. Luchen & Kendra Hockaday on said:

    Betts & Family – You all are in our thought and prayers during this difficult time. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. – unknown”

  11. Janice Shepherd Palm on said:

    My thoughts And prayers are with you all at this time. . ” To live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die. Hugs to you all. Janice

  12. Jeff and Barbara Pitts on said:

    Jeff and I extend our deepest sympathy to you ,Bill and all Mary Ellen’s family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love,Barbara and Jeff Pitts

  13. Jeff and Barbara Pitts on said:

    Jeff and I extend our deepest sympathy to you ,Bill and all Mary Ellen’s family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love,Barbara and Jeff Pitts

  14. Jeff and Barbara Pitts on said:

    Jeff and I extend our deepest sympathy to you ,Bill and all Mary Ellen’s family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love,Barbara and Jeff Pitts

  15. Merrill S. Mollick on said:

    We offer our sincere and deeepest sympathies to the family of Mrs. Baker.
    Stafford County Public Schools
    Benefits Department

  16. James & Rose Brooks on said:

    Our thoughts are with you and pray God will comfort you at this very difficult time.
    Mrs Baker was such a beautiful, caring,and kind Lady. She will be greatly missed.

  17. Tammy Dye Petrie on said:

    I knew Mrs. Baker as “Mrs. Lewis” way back in the early 70’s in English class at Stafford Jr High School. She was a great teacher and a wonderful person. She was a blessing to so many and I know she will be greatly missed. I pray that her family will find comfort in their wonderful memories of her!

  18. Capt. George A. Prenant on said:

    AS a 67 year Student of Miss Donahue, At Spotsylvanis H.S.1952 class,She Taught Me Well, & I AM & will be Eternally Grateful to This Great Lady of Her Chosen Profession -My Grades Stunk but My Mind Grasped it ALL –Thanks , Capt George -ADEALE.Com

  19. John & Betty Sullivan on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with
    you at this time.God will give you
    comfort at this time of sorrow.

  20. Georgie Freeman Brizendine on said:

    Mary Ellen and I graduated from James Monroe in 1945 and also attended Mary Washington College together. She taught in Stafford with my mother, Margaret Freeman. I have many fond memories of our times together. She was a joy and it was a pleasure to be in her company. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family in your loss.

  21. Jerry & Judy Henderson on said:

    Bill & Family,
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Donna Henderson-Garnett, Rocky, Curtis & Collin on said:

    Mr. Baker, Betty & Families,

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this diffcult time.

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