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Elizabeth Lentz "Betsy" Baker

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Elizabeth Lentz "Betsy" Baker Obituary
Elizabeth "Betsy" Lentz Baker

AGE: 79 • New York City

Betsy Baker died unexpectedly in Savannah, Georgia on December 4, 2015 after a brief illness. A resident of New York's Upper West Side for 50 years, Betsy was born in Kittanning, PA, on August 13, 1936 to Elizabeth Fleming Wagner and William Roy Baker and was raised in State College, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware where she graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School. She participated in the Senior Play, the school's well-known A Cappella Choir, and the Yearbook Staff. She also was a cheerleader and basketball player.

She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia and was graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in textile chemistry. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Betsy moved to New York City and accepted a job with Celanese Fibers as a Senior Merchandise Representative. She later became a Senior Technical Sales Representative for Hercules, Inc. She also worked as a commercial print model.

Betsy enjoyed many activities: traveling, golf, snorkeling, scuba diving, collecting and refinishing antiques, arts & crafts, and cooking. She volunteered with the NYC Board of the Leukemia Society of America, cancer support groups of NY Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and NYC's Bull Moose Dog Run.

In the prime of her life she was struck with tonsilar area cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgical procedures saved her life but left her with serious physical challenges. In spite of this, and with courage and conviction, Betsy lived a life inspiring to all those who knew her. She received numerous awards for her fight against cancer. She loved going to her high school reunions, and was a special inspiration to all her classmates.

Survivors include step-father Romeo Barrick Wagner of Leesburg, FL, cousins Robert Hayman, Sr. (Sally), Robert Hayman, Jr. (Sherry), of Seattle, WA and Victoria Sutton (James), of San Francisco, CA, and her beloved poodle, Queen Victoria "Tori."

Donations in Betsy's honor may be made to "Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/The Albert L. Lewin, M.D. Award Fund for Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics," Office of Advancement Services, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7035. Telephone 216-368-2000.

Betsy, you shall forever be in our hearts.

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 27, 2015
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