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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Jean Baker of Cambridge died comfortably at home by her choice on Oct. 14, 2003 after a severe stroke robbed her of her independence. She was born Dorothy Jean Tellier, daughter of Leo Mae (Stevens) Tellier and Darwin J. Tellier, on Sept. 1, 1920 in Cambridge. Jean was a life-long resident of Cambridge and the quality of her many, many friends here reflect the determination, calm, warmth and good sense of humor with which she lived her life. On Feb. 14, 1942 she married Lt. Paul W. Austin Sr. of Cambridge who then shipped out for two years service in North Africa. After W.W. II they lived in Cambridge where Paul, Sr. worked as a carpenter and began to build their house on Division Street. Paul, Sr. re-enlisted in the service during the Korean Conflict and returned from a tour of duty in Panama only to pass away his first night at home in 1951 when Paul. Jr. was five.

She married Philip J. Baker of Cambridge in 1959. They enjoyed driving vacations and the detailed planning for them and for many years traveled around the country. Philip predeceased her in 1993.

Jean’s passion was quilting. In 1984 she and several friends took a class to learn to quilt. The group became the Pieceful Valley Quilters and still meets weekly after 19 years. She derived much enjoyment and challenge from quilting. Jean always had several projects in process and was known for her small stitches and prolific output. Jean was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, a member of Eastern Star, and retired after nearly 35 years of working part time at the Cambridge Public Library.

She is survived by her son Paul W. Austin, Jr. and his wife Susan Wilder, of Scarborough, Maine.

Please join the family on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, West Main Street, Cambridge for a memorial service.

Donations may be made in her memory to The Cambridge Public Library, 21 West Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816 or Hospice of Washington County, 415 Lower Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839, as an alternative to flowers. Arrangements are under the direct of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 16, 2003
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