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Ruth Elanor (Pearson) Baker

Ruth Elanor (Pearson) Baker

June 15, 1919 ~ March 13, 2013

Ruth left this life peacefully on March 13, 2013 at the age of 93. Born the eldest daughter of four siblings to Peter and Anna Mae Pearson on June 15th, 1919, Ruth grew up in Stanwood, Washington and graduated as Valedictorian of the Lincoln High School, Class of 1936. While working for the State Health Department in Seattle, Ruth met her husband, Lloyd G. Baker, and they were married on July 20, 1946.

Ruth and Lloyd made their initial home in West Seattle but moved to Concrete, Washington in 1951 when Lloyd took a job with Puget Sound Energy. While living in Concrete they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Carole (1951), and son, Paul (1954).

In 1955, Lloyd and Ruth purchased a waterfront lot at Tyee Beach on Camano Island. It was there that they spent many weekends building their Pan Abode cabin, enjoying the beach, making new friends and eventually retiring.

In 1956, Lloyd transferred to the White River Generating Station and they moved to Puyallup, Washington where Ruth devoted most of her time to raising their two children. Ruth was active in PTA, Girl Scouts and the United Methodist Church as a member of the Epworth Circle and Couples Club.

In 1970 she was employed as the Membership Secretary at the Tacoma Art Museum. Ruth and Lloyd both retired in 1978 and in 1982 they moved to the house they built at Tyee Beach. While living at Tyee Beach, she was an active member of the Fire Auxiliary, the Mabana Flames and Camano Islanders. She also enjoyed playing pinochle with her friends, knitting, crocheting and was an avid reader.

In the spring of 2001, Ruth and Lloyd moved to Farrington Court, an assisted living facility, in Kent, Washington and resided there until Lloyd's death in November 2008. In December 2010 she moved to The House of Epiphany, an adult family home in Kent.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, mother, brothers Clarence Pearson and Robert Pearson, sister Arlene Sieben and husband Lloyd. She is survived by her daughter Carole McGuire (Paul) of Burke, Virginia, son Paul (Cheryl) of Renton, Washington and grandchildren Derek Baker, Hillary Baker, Peter McGuire, Kevin McGuire and Patrick McGuire. The family is planning a private memorial service.

Our family would like to say a special thanks to Gloria and Alex who took such good physical, emotional and spiritual care of Ruth during her final 27 months of life which she spent under their care at The House of Epiphany Adult Family Home.

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 24, 2013
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