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Marcellite Dolive Baker Notice
BAKER, MARCELLITE DOLIVE. Winter Park resident Marcellite
Dolive Baker passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 102. Until just before her death, Marcellite continued to display the sharp memory, bright smile, warm personality, and loving spirit that defined her life for more than a century. Marcellite lived a full and active life that started in the presidency of William Howard Taft and ended in the presidency of Barack Obama. She was born on November 16, 1910 in Tampa. After periods of residence in Jacksonville and Atlanta, her parents settled in Orlando and lived at the orange grove and grove house that her family had established on the banks of Lake Lancaster. In adulthood, Marcellite lived throughout the United States and across the world. Some of her most poignant memories came from living on a U.S. military base in Germany immediately after World War II and participating in the reconstruction of that war-torn nation. She also lived in Huntsville, Alabama at the same time that Wernher von Braun and other scientists were launching America's space program from the former Redstone Arsenal. Marcellite loved to travel, and with family and friends visited such destinations as Austria, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Russia, and Scotland. She also enjoyed visiting New York, especially the theater district. No matter where she lived or traveled, Marcellite always considered Orange County to be her home. For most her life, she lived in either Orlando or Winter Park. She loved Central Florida and was an active member of the Citrus Club and previously the Orlando Naval Training Center (NTC) Officers Club. She was a long-time fan and supporter of former Orlando Congressman Lou Frey, Jr. Marcellite was very dedicated to her large family. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Colonel Ed Pearce, U.S. Army (Ret.); her second husband, Kenneth W. Baker; her brothers Earl Dolive and William Dolive; and her daughter Joan Pearce Barnes. She is survived by her brother Henry Dolive of Atlanta; her step-daughter Grace Baker Hand (Jack) of Jacksonville, her close nephew Bill Dolive of New York; her step-son Steve Baker (Elizabeth) of Lake Forest, CA; grandchildren Douglas Barnes, Craig Barnes, Deanna Barnes Stecher, Chris Hand, Mike Hand, Sandy Baker, Drew Baker, Blake Baker, Heather Baker, Courtney Baker; and numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews, and nieces. On her 100th birthday in Nov. 2010, an Orlando television reporter asked Marcellite her secret to long life. She replied simply, "Breathe in, breathe out." Now that Marcellite has breathed her last, she will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. Marcellite's life will be celebrated at a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 6, 2013. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 AM on Saturday at Baldwin-
Fairchild Lake Ivanhoe Chapel, 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804.
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Apr. 3, 2013
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