, 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 (www.glsen.org
) or any charity of your choice
dedicated to public service and equal rights under law.
Published by Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 2, 2017.