Marie Diane Baker

May 22, 1943March 10, 2018

Marie Diane Baker age 74 went with her beloved angels March 10, 2018 in her Gilbert, AZ home surrounded by her three children, sister and constant companion Sparkey. She courageously fought an eight month long battle with an aggressive cancer that wouldn’t be beat. She was a mother, sister and friend that will have a place forever in our hearts and will be truly missed. As a second generation Arizonan, she was born in Phoenix AZ to Albert H. and Adma (Nackard) Colson. She was preceded in death by her brother Phillip Martin Colson. She is survived by her sister Deborah Lee Cargile (Sun City, AZ) her son Michael Huffman, (Encinidas CA), and daughters Michele Evans (Gilbert, AZ), and Marchel Smith (Mesa AZ). five grandchildren Austin, Baylee and Ashley Evans and Trevor and Devin Smith. Marie had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. She was a hard worker and knew only one way to do things, her way. Those that knew her can agree she believed her way was best and was right more often than not. She worked mostly in accounting, but at times would venture into other things like restaurant owner, cross country trucker and silver miner to name a few. Whatever she was doing she gave it one hundred percent. She loved to travel to any ocean and enjoy the sunsets. The years she lived in Hawaii were very special to her. She loved spending time outdoors in her healing garden or just watching the birds and squirrels from her front porch at her summer home in Flagstaff and of course walking her main squeeze Sparkey. All are welcome to join us in a Celebration of Life. Services will be held at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park on March 21, 2018 at 10:30 am, 6747 E Broadway Rd, Mesa AZ. Reception immediately following. For more information and to leave comments please visit their website.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Marie Diane Baker

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Ron and Marty Baker

March 15, 2018

Marie was one of the strongest women we had the privilege of knowing. She was my maid of honor at my wedding. A beautiful woman in heart, mind and spirit to all. Though during the last years we kept in contact we saw each other only a few times as distance separated us, we were always connected by a love shared. The thought of being friends in this life is magnified with joy to know that we will be friends forever. Love to Michele, Marchel, Michael and their families.
Aunt Marty and Uncle Ron

Nancy M. Smith

March 14, 2018

Marie & I met when we were 12 years old. We remained friends for all 62 years. We shared our joys, laughter and our life's trials. Marie was a very strong lady and she fought the battle against the cancer with gusto. She will remain in my heart forever.

My love, prayers & sympathy go out to her children Michael, Michelle, Marchel, her sister Deborah, and her constant companion little Sparky.

My soul knows you are at peace my dear friend.