Caroline Baker
Baker, Caroline , 37, loving and beloved daughter, sister and aunt, died Saturday October 28, 2017 at the end of a decades long battle with depression. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Maitland, Florida, Caroline was a citizen of the world while serving as a dedicated and accomplished public servant in the United States Foreign Service and Office of Naval Intelligence. During her postings in Ankara, Turkey, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Washington, D.C., Caroline received numerous awards and recognitions for her meritorious service. After completing her undergraduate education in Russian Studies at Princeton University, Caroline earned graduate degrees in Central Asian and Persian Studies at the Universities of Wisconsin and Maryland. Caroline shared her trenchant observations of the world and her off-beat sense of humor with friends and family and used her talents to build relationships with the people of the many countries where she was posted or visited. She is survived by her parents, David and Melissa Baker of Maitland, her sister Sarah Butterfield and her husband Frank along with nephew Jack and niece Caroline (known as C2), and her brother Kyle Baker, all living in Central Florida. She will also be missed by her uncles, aunts and cousins, living across the country. The State Department is holding a memorial recognition at the United States Embassy in Ankara, and a celebration of her life is planned in Florida in March 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to GLSEN ( or any charity of your choice dedicated to public service and equal rights under law.

Published by Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 2, 2017.
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I still think of Caroline. She was a wonderful person. I wish I had gotten to know her more. This remembrance is very poignant considering I just visited my late son´s grave.
Parvez (Peji) Khan
October 27, 2021
As I was reading through letters and notes my students sent me over the years, I came across Caroline's writings. Remembering her in my Turkish class years ago, I wanted to find out where she was now - and came to see this saddening obituary. I do remember her fondly. May she rest in peace she which she sadly did not find on this earth.
Erika Gilson
December 18, 2019
My condolences to the family.. Winter Park Wild Cats forever.. Rest In Peace..
Jacqueline Barnes
November 10, 2018
Proud to have joined government service with Caroline. She will be dearly missed.
Hazel Cipolle
November 9, 2017
I feel blessed to have known Caroline, if only for a short while. She blew me away with not only her knowledge of history and politics, work ethic, and knack for languages, but also her dry sense of humor and love for pop culture and t.v. shows. She was a kind-hearted soul and I will miss her dearly.
Ashley Tikkanen
November 6, 2017
Rest peacefully, dear friend.
Jessica Copeland
November 3, 2017
The staff of U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan send their heartfelt condolences over Caroline's passing. Caroline was a deeply respected colleague, treasured friend, and truly promising diplomat. Her time in Kyrgyzstan was a blessing to us, and we all gained from her probing intellect, deep curiosity, personal warmth, and ironic sense of humor. May her family find some comfort in the knowledge that during her all too brief life, Caroline enriched the lives of countless friends and colleagues around the world and we will never forget her.

Alan Meltzer, Charge d'Affaires
November 2, 2017
November 2,2017

Sincere condolences Baker family. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. Our Heavenly Father will comfort you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Psalm 94:17-19
N. S.
November 2, 2017
I knew Caroline briefly while serving in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for 4 months. I was so impressed with her intellect that I invited her to lunch to talk about the ensuing elections in the country. After lunch we walked through a park and looked at statues and sculptures by local artists. Caroline is a big loss to the world and the Foreign Service.
Parvez Khan
November 2, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Sending my prayers and condolences. May you continue to lean upon God for comfort to help you endure during this time. Psalms 146:5,6.
November 2, 2017
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