DAWN C. BAKER
Northampton, MA — Dawn C. Baker of Northampton died at the age of 95 on Saturday August 14 at Linda Manor Long Term Care Facility.
She was the daughter of the late Archie and Christine DerGiragossian. Born March 29, 1926 in Northampton, she attended local schools and was graduated from Northampton High School and went on to attend Northampton School for Girls.
She was married to Charles W Baker, Jr. and together they raised one daughter who went on to become a physician of whom they were most proud.
Dawn was a long-time member of the league of women voters and ran many a successful book sale. From 1970 – 1979 she was the director of a child care center American Preschools in Holyoke. Additionally she wrote a column for her family's start up magazine Hampshire County Illustrated called "Dining with Dawn" where she critiqued area restaurants.
Dawn loved the outdoors, she was an avid gardener, and she and her husband had garden plots at the Northampton community gardens for over 20 years.
Her greatest joy was to be with family, Sunday dinners at her daughter's home, spending time at Narragansett where she vacationed growing up and continued the tradition throughout her life.
She had a special interest in family ancestry. She extensively researched her Armenian heritage and donated many photographs and artifacts to the Armenian museum in Watertown.
Dawn also enjoyed photography reading, cooking Armenian meals and had many loving pets over her life time.
One of the things she cherished most was playing a major role in the raising of her grandson Jay Anderson. From birth up until high school years she and her husband cared for him on a daily basis while his parents were at work.
Dawn is preceded in death by her husband Charles W. Baker, Jr., her sister Nancy Craig of Amherst, her brother William Derain of Florida her brother and sister-in-law Herb and Lolly Derian of Maryland.
She is survived by her daughter Christine D. Baker M. D., her grandson Jay Anderson, her niece Jennifer Fletcher and her family of Australia, her former brother-in-law Paul Craig of Northampton as well as and several nieces and nephew of Maryland, Florida and Virginia.
Family will have a private burial service. CZELUSNIAK FUNERAL HOME was entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit Czelusniakfuneralhome.com
Published by Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 26, 2021.