Evelyn S. Baker

May 23, 1933January 7, 2014

Evelyn Ann Suutari Baker, 80, of Marblehead, died peacefully in her home surrounded by friends and family on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 after a courageous battle with amyloidosis.

Mrs. Baker was born and grew up in Rockport, MA, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. John V. Suutari. She graduated from Gloucester High School in 1951 and then from UNH in 1955. She married Dr. Robert E. Baker in 1955 and had a wonderful 52 years of marriage until his death in 2008.

She was an active community member and volunteer as a Girl Scout Leader, the Local Girls Club, Junior Aid Society and many other organizations. She was very involved with her alma mater, UNH, as class secretary.

She loved to be outdoors and was an avid golfer and an inspiration to all on the course. She was a member of Tedesco Country Club as well as the Gut ‘n Feathers Badminton Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert Baker. She leaves a son, Kit of Rockport; a daughter, Laurie Baker of Avon, CO; a daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Baker-Brown and Cameron Brown of Norwich, VT; and a brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Yvonne Suutari of Boynton Beach, Fla. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Whitney and Eric Wertz and Robbie and Andrew Brown; a nephew, Ben Suutari; a niece, Betsy Baker Salas and nephew Steve Baker, other nieces and nephews; an aunt, Helvi Carter and many close friends including Dr. James & Carol Rice and Lynnette Cash. She was predeceased by brother and sister-in-law, Wain and Phyl Baker and sister-in-law Cynthia Metcalfe.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13th at 1 p.m. at the Old North Church, 35 Washington St., Marblehead, MA. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Evelyn Baker, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, P.O. Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629 or at Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead.


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 13, 2014

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December 24, 2014

Hello! I am just finding this wonderful Jr. Aid Web site and was saddened to read that Evie had passed away in January. We were members in Junior Aid and
worked on many projects together. I will remember her in my prayers and
send my condolances to her family. She was a great lady, with a great smile and a big heart. Beverly Butterworth McEntee, Naples, Florida, formerly of Swampscott, Mass.

Robin Harris

March 4, 2014

Ma Baker, was a great person. She loved me like her own daughter, even when she warned to send Leslie and I to finishing school. Bakes, I'm so sorry in so many ways ...


January 14, 2014

Evie was a friend, mentor, and always a ray of sunshine at Tedesco. She was one of God's angels on earth. I will miss her. Our prayer is that the many wonderful memories you have of your mother and grandmother will comfort you and that God's love will sustain you.
Julia and Dan Wistran

Monty and Donna Childs

January 14, 2014

Kit, Laurie, Leslie and Grandchildren
We are so saddened to learn of Evies' passing. For almost 60 years Evie has been our guiding light and the adhesive that has kept the UNH class of '55 together from her position as class secretary and reunion co-chair. She has been such a joy to work with and be around, always exuding life as it should be lived. As president, on behalf of the Class of '55, I thank you for sharing her with us.
Personally, Donna and I will always remember our cherished times with Evie be it at reunion planing sessions, on the golf course or anywhere in between. She was such a gracious woman, loved by all and so proud of her children's accomplishments. Evie and Bob are finally together again which we know means everything to them.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

January 13, 2014

Kit, Laurie, Leslie and the grandchildren.

Your mother and grandmother was a wonderful friend. She will be very much missed by all who knew her.
I cannot be at the Memorial in person, but I surely will be there in thought.

Mary Amanti
Sarasota, Florida

January 12, 2014

Dear Kit, Laurie and Leslie,
You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. How difficult it is to lose a loving mother and devoted grandmother! It's hard for me to believe that Evie is gone but my cherished memories are forever....our happy days at UNH,sisters of Alpha Chi Omega and friends for 60+ years. Evie was the "core" of our UNH Class of 1955. She accomplished so much for which we are all so grateful....a GREAT lady....we will miss her terribly!
With love and heartfelt sympathy to you all,

Paul Lyness

January 12, 2014

Dear Kit, Laurie, and Leslie,
I am sorry for your great loss. I have such fond memories of you and your parents. I would like to be there on Monday but I am still teaching school and we have midterms. You all lit up my life while working at Corinthian. You are a special family. I will say prayers for the happy repose of your mom who raised you three to be special people. Paul Lyness former life guard

January 12, 2014

Dear Baker Family,

Charlie and I are so very sorry for your (and our) loss. She received so much love and joy from all of you. She couldn't have been more proud of her family. You should feel good about all you've been to her.

I can't think of anyone who was as thoroughly good, gracious, kind and generous as your Mom, unless it was your Dad. What an example for all of us to follow.

We will miss her so much, but will always keep her in our hearts.
And remembering how your Dad would look at her with such love, I'm sure they're happy to be together again.

All our love,
Charlie Eager and Jeannette

Bill McLaughry

January 12, 2014

Dear Kit, Laurie and Leslie:

"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller -

My family extends to you our deepest sympathy.

Mary Jane Russell-Hills

January 11, 2014

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are...Proverbs 27:17. Evie was a lady filled with great love and grace. I will always be so thankful to her and Bob for all they did for me. Mary Jane Russell-Hills