Nancy Annette Baker Marcusson
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Nancy Annette Baker Marcusson FALLBROOK -- Nancy Annette Baker Marcusson passed away at home, at the age of 87, surrounded by family in Fallbrook, Calif. on June 25, 2012 at 11 p.m. after valiantly battling cancer for fourteen years. Nancy was born to Hallie Gates Baker and Walter Samuel Baker in March of 1925. She grew up on the family-run dairy farm in Bourbon, Indiana the ninth of ten children and graduated from Bourbon High School with the Class of 1943. In 1948, Nancy moved to Southern California, eventually becoming a court clerk and secretary and participating actively in Business & Professional Women's Club. While working in real estate, she met the love of her life, Floyd "Marc" Marcusson, and they married in February of 1956 and lovingly raised six children; Nancy and Marc were to remain together for 60 years, only separated by her death. They began their married life in Bellflower, and then moved to Fallbrook in 1972, where they resided for forty years among a close knit community of neighbors. Enriching the lives of her children and caring for her husband were Nancy's top priorities. She contributed her time and wisdom to youth organizations, serving as a leader with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and 4-H. Nancy was a PTA volunteer, and she helped at polls on Election Day. As her children grew, Nancy rejoined the workforce initially working at a local restaurant as a waitress where she earned the respect of younger workers and patrons. After most of her children left home, she earned a real estate license and worked as a realtor in Fallbrook with many agencies, including TREO and Landmark until retiring in 1992. She proudly maintained a 4.0 GPA in courses she took later in life at Palomar College. Once retired, Marc and Nancy spent much of their time traveling, visiting family, historical battlefields and national parks. When she had time to herself at home, Nancy enjoyed doing crosswords puzzles to keep her mind active. Over her last twenty years, one of her main joys was genealogy. She and Marc often travelled around the country making stops where her ancestors lived, visiting their gravesites and discovering all she could about her family roots. She generously shared her family knowledge and results of her research with others. An exceptional individual who knew how to live well, laugh often and love deeply, Nancy will be remembered for her friendly, kind-hearted manner and her playful sense of humor. As she neared the end of life she told family, "Don't be sad for me. Remember the happy times. I've lived a good life." Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, E.G. Stanley Baker, Mary Ruth Baker White, Ralph Baker, Helen Baker Burns, James Baker, Phyllis Baker Roy; and great-grandson, Brian K. Lee.

Nancy is survived by her husband; her children, Paulette (Don) Smith of Norfolk, Va., Cynthia Zava of Chapel Hill, NC, Lisa (Bryant) Marcusson of Carson City, Nev., Maria Marcusson of Santa Cruz, Calif., Matthew (Jose Maria) Marcusson of Barcelona, Spain and Eric (Sam) Marcusson of San Francisco, Calif. She is also survived by her six grandchildren, (Elizabeth (Sean) Lee of Fayetteville, NC, Jon (Olga) Smith of Moscow, Russia, Kyle and Hannah Marcusson Smith of Carson City, Nev., and Mathea and Hallie Zava of Chapel Hill, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Timothy Lee of Fayetteville, NC. Nancy also leaves behind her sisters, Martha Klevjer of Federal Way, Wash., and Frances Sopher of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and brother, Robert Baker of Washington Courthouse, Ohio. Numerous nephews and nieces also feel her loss. At Nancy's request, some of her ashes will be interred at Parks Cemetery in Bourbon, where her parents and some of her siblings are buried. Nancy will be greatly missed by all of her loved ones. She is truly irreplaceable. Sign the Guest Book online obits.nctimes.com


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Published in North County Times on Jul. 15, 2012.
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March 30, 2013
Mama, today (3-30-13) you would be 88. Although you are not here physically, you are with me every day, in my heart, mind and body. I am so thankful that you were my Mother. Thank you for the ways you continue to help me. We will all continue to help Papa. I am forever your girl - this I KNOW! Sending you twinkly-eyed LOVE, Maria
March 25, 2013
Nine months today you left us, Nancy. We miss you so muchit hurts. I love you as much today as I did in 1953 when we met and fell in love. You are always on my mind.
Floyd (Marc) Marcusson
August 14, 2012
Dear Marcusson Family,
I recently learned of Nancy's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I grew up in same neighborhood,in Fallbrook,the 70's and 80's. I have memories of riding my horse or taking my FFA lamb project on a walk to the Marcusson home. No matter what critter I brought with me, she was always welcoming and so nice to me. And I do remember her great pie.
Valerie Thompson
August 14, 2012
Valerie Thompson
July 28, 2012
Cynthia, our deepest sympathy for your loss. I count us lucky to have had our parents alive to see us grow up, make a business and raise our families. I hope her passing was peaceful. Big hugs.
Laurie and Simon Watt
July 26, 2012
I was employed by Cynthia when she was in Fallbrook. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Nancy's family. She is a treasure that will surely be missed.
Marilyn Knurck
July 23, 2012
The gang of ours, missing a few
Cynthia Zava
July 23, 2012
Her Markie!
Cynthia Zava
July 23, 2012
Mom and Paulette, pre-1958
Cynthia Zava
July 23, 2012
What a beauty!
Cynthia Zava
July 23, 2012
Fireworks in Carmel - about 1964?
Cynthia Zava
July 23, 2012
Of course there are never enough words to express the sympathy for a loss of a loved one. So simply put, to "Mrs. Coach", you will be remembered for too many things to put down here, but I know for a fact, God is enjoying a slice of your apple pie! May God Bless the entire family and to you Babysitter Cyndi!
Dave Pedretti
July 23, 2012
We are Cynthia's Aunt and Uncle. We met Nancy when we visited Cynthia in Fallbrook. We enjoyed her graciousness and sweet spirit. We have kept up with her through Sybil Zava and Cynthia. We have prayed for both Nancy and the entire family and continue to do so.
Andrea Zava
July 23, 2012
May her memory be blessed, and may her memory be a blessing for those who remain behind. Cynthia, your mother's life and meaning will remain with you, your father and your family members, as long as she is remembered, talked about and valued. My sympathies!
Ya'akov Almor
July 22, 2012
I learned of Nancy's delightful sense of humor from Cynthia's many stories. She's a treasure that will be remembered by everyone for years to come - and leaves a great legacy - a large, beautiful and spirited family.
Blaire Beavers
July 22, 2012
Mr. Marcusson and Family--My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for the loss of Nancy. I have a lot of fond memories of you all.
Chris Wiseman Gustin
July 22, 2012
Although I didn't know Nancy, I know her amazing daughter and her two incredible granddaughters. I know she had to have been an extraordinary woman and will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.
Amy Bell
July 22, 2012
I didn't know Nancy, but know her wonderful daughter and know she was loved and will be missed. Prayers to your family.
Carole Richbourg
July 22, 2012
Nancy, Miss my special long time friend, and her sweetness. I will always have fond memories of us raising our kids together. Mark, I know she is up in heaven watching out for you.(and her great APPLE PIES)
Linda Pedretti
July 22, 2012
A Mother's love is like no other. It can never be replaced, but will live in our hearts for all time. My thoughts are with you as you mourn a very special woman.
Rachelle Keller
July 22, 2012
Knowing the loving heart of daughter Cynthia, and knowing her commitment to her children, I celebrate the life of Nancy Annette Baker Marcusson whose gifts to the world continue in them.
Charlotte Preston
July 22, 2012
A love story for the ages,Floyd and Nancy Marcusson! My dear Uncle, I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope that your happy memories somehow dull the pain and make her passing a little less difficult. Thank goodness for Facebook because I wouldn't have known how deep your bond of love was if it wasn't for Cynthia's posts about you two. Bless, bless. Your Niece, Irene
Irene Fountain
July 22, 2012
I wish I had known you sooner. You were the glue to the Baker relatives. You always took the care & time to know us. You reached out and gave of yourself to many nieces and nephews. You gave great advice & your love was always there. I will miss our conversations. You will always be cherished in my heart, I love you. India
July 22, 2012
Nana and Baby Hallie, named after her mother, Hallie Elizabeth Gates
Cynthia Zava
July 22, 2012
Yoga partners!
Mathea Zava
July 22, 2012
Mama's life and soul burns forever in our lives.
Cynthia Zava
July 22, 2012
The sweetest time in my life was living in Fallbrook, close to Mom and Dad, sharing the time with my dear little daughters.
Cynthia Zava
July 22, 2012
I will carry Nana's love with me through my life. All her kindnesses and funniness and places we went together. I had my first French Fries in France and shared them with Nana. We also collected big shells on the beach there.
Mathea Zava
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