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