Ruth E. Baker

May 19, 1919April 13, 2018
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Ruth (Elder) Baker, age 98, of Tiverton, widow of John S. Baker, passed peacefully under loving care at Adams House on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late John T. Elder and the late Jessie (Holland) Elder. She graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1937 and from Truesdale Hospital Nursing School in 1941.

Ruth worked as a registered nurse at Truesdale and Charlton Memorial Hospitals devoting the last years before retirement to the needs of new mothers and babies. She was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's, St. John's, and Church of the Holy Spirit. Ruth sang in the choir and was a member of the Altar Guild. She hosted dinners after monthly prayer group meetings and served as clerk of the vestry. Ruth was a member of Truesdale Hospital Nurses Alumni Association and the Women's Club of Newport County.

Ruth's generous spirit touched many lives and her raisin squares delighted all. She was a devoted mother, engaging neighbor, and good friend. She knitted beautifully and prolifically. She loved to drive and travel, but also hosted dinners frequently for friends and family. There was always room at the table at Ruth's. house.

She is survived by two sons, John S. "Jack" Baker and his wife Angelika of Barrington, Eric H. Baker and his wife Joann of Tiverton; one daughter, Margaret C. Baker of Hancock, NH; six grandchildren, Becca Baker, Rebecca Webb, Tom Webb, Beatrix Mattyasovszk, Zachary Baker-Salmon, Sam Baker-Salmon; four great-grandchildren; Nicholas, Olivia, Jack Henry, Oskar and many nieces and nephews. She was sister of the late John T. Elder, Ph.D.

Her Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00AM in the Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, Fall River, followed by her Funeral Service at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends invited. Contributions in her honor may be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit, 160 Rock Street, Fall River, Massachusetts 02720. Burial in Pocasset Hill Cemetery, Tiverton.


  • Church of the Holy Spirit


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ruth E. Baker

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Dee & Jim Holliday

May 17, 2018

To Ruth's family and friends,
Our deepest sympathy to you all, Ruth was a lovely woman and was greatly admired by my late mother-in-law,
Blanche Holliday, she was always very kind and thoughtful to her. She took care of Aunt Jennie also.
Jim and I were away in Canada when Ruth passed and did not know it. Please accept our condolences
she was a very deeply devoted woman of faith and grace, our thoughts are with you all.
Dee and Jimmy

Kathleen Poisson

April 18, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Ruth's family. I worked with Ruth in the newborn nursery at Truesdale Hospital for many years. I'm sure she will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Rest in peace Ruth.

sue correira

April 15, 2018

Sincere sorrow for the loss of one of God's angels on earth. She lived by God's commandments being a role model to us all. She was my cheerleader. She was also a founding member of our Senior Fellowship. We will all miss her but will one day see her again chairing God's altar guild and singing alto in the choir, with a glass of Eye of the Storm. luv ya Ruthie!