Mary Ellen Baker, 83, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
Mrs. Baker was born on December 15, 1927 in the Ruther Glen section of Caroline County. She moved to Fredericksburg with her family, growing up and attending Fredericksburg City Schools. She was a 1945 graduate of James Monroe High School and a 1949 graduate of Mary Washington College. She taught school for over 30 years in the counties of Spotsylvania, Henrico, and Stafford, retiring from Stafford County Schools in 1990. She was a lifetime member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher.
Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Eugenia and Ernest Noland Donahoe and her first husband, John “Jack” Lewis.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Baker; her son, David Lewis of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Becky Murray and her husband, John, of Fredericksburg; her granddaughters, Caitlin and Elizabeth Murray of Fredericksburg; her brother, Ernie Donahoe of Fredericksburg; her sister, Jean Lea of Franklin, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband’s children, William Baker, Jr. of Richmond, Frances Lee Schwartz of Richmond, and Betty A. Elswick of Spotsylvania; his grandchildren, Matthew Schwartz, Amanda Schwartz, Betty Anne Elswick and Niki Elswick; and his siblings, Walter Baker of Spotsylvania, Herman Baker of Caroline County, Al Baker of Caroline, and Genevieve Slonczewski of New York.
A funeral service will be held at 2pm Saturday, March 5, at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm Friday, March 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22405 or a charity of choice.