Marilyn Baker

November 17, 1943June 7, 2010

The family and friends of Marilyn Baker mourn her death and celebrate the abundance of life she shared with them. Marilyn spent the first half of her life in New Jersey, graduating from Bergenfield High School. The second half of her life was enjoyed on Cape Cod.

Twenty years ago Marilyn married David Baker and welcomed his children, Dustin Baker and Courtney Baker Hurley into her life. Marilyn joyously became “Gramilyn” to Courtney and Sean Hurley’s children, Connor and Kiera Hurley. Marilyn will be sorely missed by her sister, Elaine Wittmann and her family as well.

Marilyn started in the restaurant business in New Jersey and continued on the Cape. She worked at the Captains Table, manage the Black Cat and Abici (now Lyric), and with her husband David, owned Sweet Waters Café, the Atlantic Clam House, and the Beech Tree Bar.

Marilyn began running in the 1980s and quickly discovered her talents by qualifying for the Boston Marathon and placing and winning her age category in others. With her husband, Marilyn and David became the dynamic duo known as “the Bakers” and became one of the all-time great running couples of Cape Cod.

When Marilyn was no longer able to run she rowed! It was said that she “took to rowing like the proverbial duck to water”. As a member of the Cape Cod Rowing Club, Marilyn was always ready to row, cox, help others learn, and share her new passion with all. She was a valued member of the rowing community who encouraged, inspired and contributed.

Marilyn’s animals were nearby to the end, comforting her as she cared for them. Her cats and dogs were joys in her life, and the binoculars were never far away to enjoy the birds.

No matter what the setting, despite the challenges of cancer, Marilyn is remembered for her bright smile, her passion for life, and an inspiration for all. As David Baker stated, “Marilyn never had a cloudy day”. Those around her benefited!

Visiting hours will be held at the Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home 160 W. Main St. Hyannis from 4-7pm, Friday June 11, 2010. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Marilyn Baker Scholarship Fund for desiring high school athletes at PO box 501, Osterville, MA 02655.


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Jeanne Walsh

June 13, 2010

Dear Dave, I am so sorry about Marilyn. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Jeanne Walsh

Jeff Mello

June 12, 2010

David, what more can I add that I haven't told you personally? Marilyn was and always will be an inspiration on so many levels to everyone she met. While her beauty, both inside and out, was natural, it was enhanced when you two got together. I regret that Logan never got to meet her in person but will always treasure the memories of the many wonderful times we shared together. Her love, spirit, joie de vivre will continue to live on and inspire all of us.

Shelley Merwin

June 12, 2010

David you truly married a saint and a wonderful woman! My thoughts are with you and your family.

June 11, 2010

I never met Marilyn, but through my wonderful friend Hilkka McKittrick, I felt I knew her well. What a great gal she must have been! Everyone loved her so. My deepest condolences.

Jaye Girouard

Leslie Vecchione

June 11, 2010

Dear Dave and Family

I'm glad I got the chance to row with Marilyn and get to know her as a friend. What a great gal.

Leslie Vecchione

June 11, 2010

David, It is with regret that I read of Marilyn's passing. Marilyn and I knew each other very only competitive runners can. Although I was close behind her, I don't think I ever bested her. She was both my challenge and inspiration. My best to you and your family. Betsy Adams (aka Elizabeth Jazowski or Mike Mullo's wife)

June 11, 2010

Dear David and family, I'm very sorry to hear of your great loss.
Marilyn will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
Mike Mullo, Falmouth, MA

Phil Airoldi

June 11, 2010

David, I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Marilyn as one of the happiest, kindest persons I have ever known. Just thinking of hermakes me smile. She will be missed. Phil Airoldi- Brewster

June 11, 2010

Dear David: So sorry to hear about Marilyn, hope all the good times and memories help you through this sad time. Sue Chaffee

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home Funeral Service Incorporated

June 11, 2010

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