Carol Baker (1942—2017)

MADAWASKA, Maine — Carol Baker, 74, passed away peacefully at the Caribou Rehab and Nursing Center in the presence of her loving husband, Paul Baker of Madawaska, on March 29, 2017.

She was born June 10, 1942, in Madawaska, the daughter of Patrick and Cecile (Collin) Dufour of Madawaska. She was a 1960 graduate of Madawaska High School and a 1964 graduate of Fort Kent State Teachers College. She taught English and Language Arts for 2 years at Loring Air force Base and 34 years in the Madawaska School Department. While there, she met and married Paul Baker in 1971.

She had a knack for language, never missing a daily crossword puzzle, was unbeatable at Scrabble, and could solve a Wheel of Fortune puzzle in the blink of an eye. She had a love of family, whether it be as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, or caregiver to her 101 year old mother who passed in 2007. She spent her retirement enjoying the warm beaches of the Outer Banks, NC, and scrap booking the lives of her grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her husband of 45 years, Paul Baker; two daughters, Kayla Baker and her husband, Jesse, of Bridgewater, MA, and Audrey Baker Burton and her husband, Shawn, of Raleigh, NC; 2 grandchildren, Camden and Soren Stranberg of Bridgewater, MA; 2 brothers, Gerald Dufour of Frenchville and Roger Dufour and his wife, Rejeanne, of Madawaska; a sister, Patricia Ahlmark of Jacksonville, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Dufour, of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

A private graveside service will be held at the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in St. Francis, ME, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on July 1, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration in the name of Carol Baker at Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743.

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