Wendy H. Baker
March 8, 1942 – August 8, 2018
Wendy Hanson Baker, age 76, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at her home in Little Compton. She was the wife of Michael Baker with whom she shared 51 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Attleboro, a daughter of the late Alfred D. and Miriam (Woodward) Hanson, she lived in South Norwalk, CT for 27 years before moving to Scottsdale, AZ and then Vero Beach, FL. Since 1997, she enjoyed her summer residence in Little Compton close to her childhood summer home in Westport.
A graduate of Attleboro High School she earned a B.A. in Art History from Lake Erie College in Ohio. Following graduation she worked in the Development Office of Wheaton College. After raising her two daughters, she was later employed in various retail, interior design and professional fundraising activities.
While living in Connecticut she was heavily involved in volunteer activities, most notably Person-to Person in Darien and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk for which she briefly served as the Executive Director in its earliest stage.
A woman of many interests: she enjoyed fine art, music, flower arranging, traveling, playing bridge, reading and beach walks. Wendy loved to entertain and will always be remembered as gracious and kind. She was a member of the Acoaxet and Elephant Rock Beach Clubs in Westport. Her first paying job had been working at the beach club at age 15. Wendy was also a member of the Moorings Yacht and Country Club in Vero Beach, FL.
In addition to her husband, Wendy is survived by two daughters: Gay Baker of Bend, OR and Amy Baker Zabele of Furlong, PA and her husband David Zabele; granddaughter, Tess Zabele; sister, Susan Dexter of Westport; nephew, Alex Dexter and niece, Nina Pacheco. Wendy was predeceased by her brother, David Hanson.
Contributions may be made in her honor to Southcoast VNA to support their Hospice & Palliative Care Program, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719; or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.
A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00am in the United Congregational Church of Little Compton, 1 Commons, Little Compton, RI. For tributes and directions, www.waring-sullivan.com
Attn: Hospice & Palliative Care 200 Mill Road , Fairhaven, MA 02719
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60601
United Congregational Church
- Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
Wendy H. Baker
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August 15, 2018
Sending my love and condolences to the entire Baker family. I just finished watching the wonderful tribute video, which captures beautifully the kind and loving person Wendy was, and the wonderful life she shared with all of you!
I have my own special memories of her, including the good times we had when helping her furnish and decorate your home in AZ; and most recently, the afternoon we met for brunch in Savannah, when she and Mr. B were on their way to Florida in search for their new winter home.
Wendy was a gem of a person, and will be truly missed by all who loved and enjoyed her presence in so many lives, mine included. ❤️❤️
August 14, 2018
Dear Mike and girls: I am still stunned by the news of Wendy's passing. She was a favorite of mine.. Warm and gracious and such a Lady. I so enjoyed being with her. I'm so happy she suggested lunch at the club last May just before I boarded a plane to go back to Connecticut I had no idea she was so ill. I shall really miss her. Please know that my thoughts are with you during these sad days. The memories of all your happy trips and adventures will remain as a tribute to the love you shared. Most importantly, you have the comfort of your girls and family. My affection and sincerest sympathy is with you. Marie Oscar
August 13, 2018
Mike, Gaye, Amy, Tess, and David,
Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the memories of Wendy help you find peace during this difficult time.
Love and prayers to all of you,
August 12, 2018
Mike, I very much treasure the laughs, conversations, and delicious meals that we have shared. I cannot think of a more caring, generous hostess than your wife.
I know this sounds silly, but I think of Wendy every time I open a stubborn jar lid using the the special "jar lid gripper" that she once sent home with me! Plus, if it wasn't for her tutelage, I still would not know the proper way to eat a lobster.
Sending all my love,
August 12, 2018
Dear Mike and family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Wendy. She was a gracious lady who welcomed an intimidated newcomer to your group. You had many great adventures together and I hope that in times of tears you can remember the laughter. Thinking of you. Sincerely
Stephan Van Pelt
August 11, 2018
From the Van Pelts: We are really missing Wendy today. She planned so many trips that filled our lives with joy. To Santa Fe for Mike's 50th birthday; To Portugal to stay in old castles; At Stanford reunion just 5 miles from our home on the Left Coast. Attached are some photos from Santa Fe including an outdoor opera!!
the Van Pelts (Tootie and Buddha)
August 10, 2018
Dearest Mike, Amy and Gay, Tess and David,
Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your beloved wife and mom. We have so many great memories we shared over the years from our mutual days in Connecticut and both relocating to Westport. Wendy was the quintessential hostess and we enjoyed many lovely dinner parties in CT and MA with every last detail made perfect, along with her warm hospitality and excellent cooking! We shared many times with the Attleboro friends and those from the Acoaxet and I recall telling jokes and laughing hysterically as the evening progressed! Wendy had exquisite taste in both her dress and home decorating in which she took great pride. Her love for you girls and little Tess had no boundaries.
Please be comforted by all of us who love and care about you in this sorrowful time, and know that the memories of her will sustain you and live on in your hearts forever!
Susan & Keith Maloney, Bristol, RI