Barbara Ann Baker

January 31, 1932June 25, 2012

Buzzards Bay – Barbara Ann Baker, 80, of Buzzards Bay, formerly of Truro, passed away peacefully at her home on June 25, 2012. Barbara was born in Winthrop, MA to the late Walter F. Baker and Annie Harper (Rich) Gleason. Barbara is survived by her three children; Thomas and Mark Spisak, and Annelle (Jeri) Fraser, three grandchildren; Mishelle Joy, Eric and Keith Fraser, five great-grandchildren; Zackary Chick, Jared and Paige Joy, Jonathan Schultz and Jacob Fraser. Barbara is also survived by her three sisters; Nancy Pease, Janet Kirkpatrick and Anne MacIntyre as well as five nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. Aside from her family and friends, Barbara had a passion for genealogy and was deeply involved in the Rich Family Association. She served as editor, secretary and was on the Board of Directors for many years. Barbara also worked for the I.R.S. in Boston prior to moving to Cape Cod. Barbara also enjoyed knitting, reading, telling stories and any type of Cape Cod History. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Thursday morning, July 5, 2012, at 10:00 am at St.Peter’s Church, 165 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA. Burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Truro, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barbara Baker Scholarship Fund at Rockland Bank and Trust.



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Janis Knight

July 5, 2012

Barbara was a terrific mother-in-law. She was always funny, always welcoming, always interesting to talk to. I loved her family stories! She could be the most gracious Bostonian matron or tell the filthiest joke and I loved all of it.
She made my wedding dress and it was 100 times better than anything offered for sale.
I will miss you, Barbara and I am so thankful to have known you!

Robert Alan Lucas

July 4, 2012

Dear Barb,

Heard about your passing today, July 4th, from An Kane. Until I pass, I will miss you very much but we´ll meet again in that Cape Cod in Heaven when I do.
We had a lot of fun together. You are a good friend and I don´t need all my fingers to count my good friends - and now there is one less.
Until we meet again...
Moerrum, Sweden, July 4, 2012

In a. R. Mish

July 2, 2012

A good friend and sharer of genealogy and gossip. She said we were fifth cousins and we pondered over this many times. Miss her already

Elizabeth Beyus

July 1, 2012

A great friend, cousin, researcher, cohort, and someone who shall not soon be forgotten - I will certainly miss the phone calls and comparing of notes for the Rich Family Association. She had an infinite knowledge of the family, and we have lost a person with a wealth of information. Barb, you will be missed. Liz Beyus, RFA Secretary

Richard Rich

July 1, 2012

Barbara's relationship to me was distant, but as an active member of the Rich Family Association, she was family. We will miss her.
Richard D. Rich

July 1, 2012

Such sad news for the greater Rich Family. As a long time member and Editor Emerita, Barbara Baker meant so much the the Rich Family Association. Barbara was one of very few members who had been active on the RFA Board of Directors or committees since the 1960s.

Barbara served as editor of the "Kinfolk" newsletter for the RFA for many years, only recently stepping aside, but still contributing articles and information on a regular basis. Her wealth of knowledge, inquisitive nature, willingness to work hard and sometimes-cantankerous attitude was always accompanied by a big laugh and a mischievous gleam in her eye.

For me -- a relatively new member of the organization (1992) and current president of the RFA -- she has always been a part of the group. She sometimes struggled with email and computers in general, but could out-research most people half her age in traditional methods.

A hundred years from now, when some budding genealogist comes across her name on a family tree, I hope they will take a moment to ponder what kind of person this Barbara Baker was...and what she may have meant to her family and friends. Perhaps they will visit her grave site and spend a few moments thinking about the people who trod the shores of Cape Cod a hundred years earlier, seeking their roots.

She will be sorely missed by her friends in the Rich Family Association, an organization to which she gave so much of her time, talent and resources.

We wish her Godspeed as she joins a long list of Rich family ancestors who have completed their work here on earth.

Craig Rich
Rich Family Association

The Staff of Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

June 29, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.