Sylvia Baker Alexander March 23, 1915 - February 16, 2013 We celebrate the life of Sylvia Baker Alexander, who passed on February 16. Sylvia was born in Skagway, Alaska on March 23, 1915 to Fannie and Elihu Adelbert Baker, who was a brakeman on the White Pass Railway. On September 1, 1939, Sylvia married Ken Alexander, who shared her love for Alaska,. For the next 68 years, Ken's career with Pan American Airlines and their retirement travel took them around the world several times. In addition to a three year assignment in Thailand, their passports show stamps from: Kenya; Japan; France; England; Italy; Belgium, Switzerland, Australia; Peru, Colombia; Trinidad; Barbados; Pakistan; and Lebanon. Sylvia and Ken were active members of the Alaska Yukon Pioneers, the Sequim Senior Center, and the Elks. Sylvia was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Joseph's in Sequim where Ken and Sylvia retired, and attended Sacred Heart in Bellingham where she lived for the past five years. Sylvia was especially proud of her late brother Harley Baker, who was the first Alaska-born Catholic priest. Sylvia is survived by nieces DeAnn Karlson, Ketchikan, Alaska; Debbi (Dan) Lawrence, Phoenix, Arizona; and by nephews Rodger (Barbara) Alexander, Bellingham; and Ross Graham, Seattle; as well as several great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 2007, her parents, brothers Harley and Ben Baker, and cousin Howard Baker. The family thanks the caring staffs at Highgate Senior Living, Orchard Park Assisted Living, and Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham for their dedication to enriching the senior years.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Feb. 24, 2013