Marguerite H. Baker - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Marguerite H. Baker

October 17, 1921 - September 20, 2013

Marguerite H. Baker, age 91, died at her home in Kennett Square, PA, on September 20, 2013. She had lived in Nottingham Green in Newark, DE, for 52 years before moving to Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood in 2010. She was born in Buffalo, NY.

She is survived by her children: Anne Ritchey (Steve) of West Chester, PA, Mary Lou Jay (Daniel) of Timonium, MD, William of Kennett Square, PA, Michael (Laurie) of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Timothy (Eileen) of Lake Minnetonka, MN; grandchildren: Rebecca, Katharine, and Emily Jay, Michael and Molly Baker, Shannon and Max Baker; sister: Claire Sigurdson of Buffalo, NY; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, William J. Baker, Jr.; brother, John Hoelscher; sisters, Elizabeth Saeli and Mary Madden; and grandson, Gregory Jay.

Marguerite raised her children before returning to work for several years as Secretary in the U of D Philosophy Department.

Marguerite was a lifelong volunteer. Shortly after her marriage, she was a Red Cross volunteer in San Diego, CA, during WWII. In Newark, she was active for decades in Sodality and Christmas Bazaars at St. John’s/Holy Angels Church. In later years, she volunteered at Emmaus House, Newark Manor Nursing Home, and Newark Senior Center, and helped with projects for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was a reading mentor at Etta Wilson Elementary School. She especially enjoyed volunteer time spent with Meals on Wheels in Newark and Immaculate Conception Outreach and Union Hospital Adult Day Services in Elkton.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Marguerite enjoyed crafts of all kinds, especially needlework. She made lifelong friends in a group that met learning crewel embroidery, which continued to meet for decades. She belonged to several bridge groups over the years and enjoyed traveling after she was widowed. She played in the Nine-Holer Golf League at DuPont Country Club for many years. At Brandywine, she was a word game and trivia game enthusiast.

She made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.

Visitation will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, September 26th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Friday, September 27th, at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 454 Bow Street, Elkton, MD. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Union Hospital Adult Day Services, 152 Railroad Avenue, Elkton, MD 21921 (410-392-0539) or Immaculate Conception Outreach (food bank), 455 Bow Street, Elkton, MD 21921 (410-398-2110).


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  • Name: Brian Madden
    Message: Dear Baker Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow, loss, and indeed celebration for a Life Well Lived. I am certain your Mom is surrounded by family and friends at God’s eternal Family Re Union feast. I have very fond memories of Dear Aunt Marg.

    Sincerest Regards,

    Brian Madden

    Name: Meg Saeli Getty
    Message: Anne, Mary Lou, Bill, Michael, Tim, and families

    So sorry to hear about your loss, though am grateful that your mom had such a long, full life. She was always the epitome of class and grace. Wish we could be there with you. Much love,
    Meg Saeli Getty and family

    Name: Linda Keeler
    Message: Anne, I was deeply saddened by the news of mother’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. Let the words of Helen Keller comfort you, “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

    Name: Adele Steimer
    Message: I lived across the street from Marguerite for the 52 years she lived in Nottingham Green. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Baker family.

    Name: Kent Howrey
    Message: Anne & Steve, we wish we could be with you to celebrate Marguerite’s life. We share your loss. Love, Debbie & Kent

    Name: Oriole ONeill
    Message: Dear Mary Lou and Family,
    We will always remember your mom as a sweet and loving neighbor, and what a good friend she was to our mom. I’m sure they’re already planning on playing cards for a long time to come.