Harriet Baron

May 27, 1923November 18, 2021

Harriet (Smith) Baron, age 98, passed away peacefully at her residence Thursday, November 18, 2021. She was the wife of the late Dr. Philip Baron.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the eldest child of the late Sidney and Helen (Rosenbluth) Smith. She was a devoted sister to her younger siblings, Ruthie, Sammy, and Jay. She had an idyllic childhood in a loving family. Harriet was a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 1941.

She met the love of her life, Philip, when she was sixteen years old. He was originally attracted by her wholesome beauty, but he soon learned that she had a sweet and beautiful personality as well. They were married for 47 years until his sudden passing in 1991. During that time, in addition to rearing three children and providing them with a safe and loving home, she traveled the world with her husband. Together, they traveled to North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Harriet was a longtime resident of Providence, arriving with her husband, a four-year-old son and an infant son in 1952. She soon made friends and established herself in the community. Harriet enjoyed a long life with many interests. An avid reader, she also enjoyed traveling, cooking, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Trinity Repertory Theater, and opera. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Hadassah, and the Miriam Hospital Women’s Association.

A devoted wife and mother, she especially enjoyed time spent with her beloved grandchildren. She was a talented cook and enjoyed keeping an immaculate and elegant home. She was known as a consummate hostess. Any guest coming to her home felt welcome and was certainly well fed during the visit.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Jeffrey F. Baron and his wife Jaqueline of Providence and Dr. Steven H. Baron and his wife Nelia of Newhall, CA; one daughter, Dr. Shari Sokol and her husband Michael of Leawood, KS; one sister, Ruth Margolies; one brother, Jay Smith; seven grandchildren, Brian Baron, Justin Baron, Alexander Sokol, Felicia Sokol, Amanda Sokol, Veronica Baron and Gabriela Baron; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Helen, her beloved husband Philip, her brother Samuel Smith, and her many friends.

Her funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM in Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel, 458 Hope Street, Providence, RI followed by burial in Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions to honor her memory may be made to Hadassah ( or the American Parkinson Disease Association ( Please call Sugarman-Sinai or visit for Shiva information.


  • The late Dr. Philip Baron, Husband
  • The late Sidney and Helen (Rosenbluth) Smith, Parents
  • Dr. Jeffrey F. Baron and his wife Jaqueline, Son
  • Dr. Steven H. Baron and his wife Nelia, Son
  • Dr. Shari Sokol and her husband Michael, Daughter
  • Ruth Margolies, Sister
  • Jay Smith, Brother
  • The late Samuel Smith, Brother
  • Brian Baron, Grandson
  • Justin Baron, Grandson
  • Alexander Sokol, Grandson
  • Felicia Sokol, Granddaughter
  • Amanda Sokol, Granddaughter
  • Veronica Baron, Granddaughter
  • Gabriela Baron, Granddaughter
  • Mrs. Baron also leaves many nieces and nephews.


  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Burial

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Shiva, minyan at 4:00 PM

    Sunday, November 21, 2021

  • Shiva, minyan at 7:30 PM

    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Bethany Heaney

November 21, 2021

Felicia, what a lovely reflection on your grandmother. She was worthy of every beautiful word and so blessed to have you as a granddaughter. I wish you and your family peace — and that freedom of flight for your grandmother, now that she has escaped the cage of time.

Felicia Sokol

November 20, 2021

Part 1:

Harriet Baron. The eldest daughter of her family. Shari Sokol, her daughter, the eldest daughter of her family. And me, Felicia, Shari’s daughter, Harriet’s eldest granddaughter. and the eldest daughter of my family. What an honor to be a woman of this lineage. What a legacy of light Harriet created by being her true, beautifully radiant self.

Harriet Baron. My mother’s mother. In a way, she is my mother. We are connected, body and soul. I was growing as an egg in my mothers tiny womb while she was growing in Harriet’s womb. i was there.

Harriet Baron. What a beautiful, magnificent, graceful, woman with a light heart and an ever-burning love of life. I must say it once more: What an honor, what a privilege to be a woman of her lineage. Of her legacy. I honestly cannot think of one bad quality she had… maybe she was a bit pushy with the food, but even that quality was funny! Makes me and my cousins laugh. I cannot think of a woman more loved. Love followed her everywhere, from when she was born into a loving home, to when she met the love of her life, Philip Baron, who I am so proud to be named after, to all her children, grandchildren, and caretakers who loved her and cared for her. All cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, friends who all have nothing but fond and loving memories of her.

Felicia Sokol

November 20, 2021

Part 2:

I feel so lucky to have known her, I feel so lucky to have so many memories of her from my youngest years and through my whole 20s. As I got older, i got to visit her even more often since i lived so much closer, and got to create many memories with her. And although getting old in the body is probably not the most liberating experience, her mind and spirit stayed young and sharp. Her lightheartedness and joy for life, to me, is the secret key.

She nailed it. She got it all right. She traveled. She created a family with the love of her life and she lived her every dream. And she had the courage to let things go and be as they are. to be open-minded and open-hearted enough to accept new people with new cultures into her family and love everyone the same. She somehow mastered life in the simplest of ways, with a grace and ease and charm most people cannot even grasp. And even in her death, she lived her last moments peacefully at home, surrounded by love. What a blessing. What an accomplishment.

Felicia Sokol

November 20, 2021

Part 3:

And what a humbling experience to remember we are all born and we will all one day go. We borrow everything from nature and one day we will return it. And hopefully we will get to grow old, too. I’d like to remember that. To embrace it. To honor it. To love it. To remember that life is a gift and growing old is a part of that gift. She certainly knew that well. She was a person I aspire to be like.

In some very distinct ways, i feel very much like her, and I know my mother, Shari, also shares these qualities: sentimentality, saving all the photos and notes and love letters. They are our most valued treasure. A sharp memory, and of course a love of travel. Perhaps I took this to the next level, but grandma traveled like no woman of her generation.

Harriet Baron. I know nobody is perfect, but she was perfect. She was the perfect grandmother. She lived so long because she loved life and wasn’t ready to let it go. How rare. How beautiful. How wise.

Grandma, I will miss you. I will miss kissing your mole on your cheek. I will miss visiting you in your amazing house. I will miss your laugh. But I know you are free now. I know you are no longer old. I know all the angels, the malachim, the masters and guides, all the friends and loved ones and your greatest love, Paphil, escort you to the subtler realms and I wish you an easeful, a blessed, a beautiful, a blissful, a liberating journey to the other side.Fly, fly free. Fly like a bird. Fly like the angel that you are. I celebrate you every day just by being your granddaughter. May I carry your incredible legacy of light into my life. I love you forever and ever.

Beth & Michael Heaney

November 19, 2021

We have so many fond memories of Mrs. B (as we called her)—this beautiful, intelligent, and interesting woman, from when we first met in 1984 to when last we spoke just over a month ago.
She never forgot the details of our times together, never forgot the names of our children after 25 years, and always asked about our extended family members. Then when we’d ask about her kids and grandkids, her face lit up and she’d tell us proudly about their most recent achievements. Always with the sweetest voice— one you could actually hear in the beautifully handwritten notes she’s often send on holidays.
Once we got to know each other early on, it was clear she and her husband Phil had not only become our friends, but accepted us into their family circle, where we witnessed the same kind of love we knew in our own lives. We learned about and enjoyed their traditions and their faith.
What a beautiful family your parents built and have now left you with! We will never forget her, and the kindness she and Phil showed us.
All our love to all of you... as always.

Willisa Bull

November 19, 2021

My fondest memories are our times together playing Rummy-Q or dominos. I still cook my rice and carrot like you taught me. When Baking mandlebread ( biscotti) I hear your voice loud and clear, put some oil on your hands so it does not stick to get the perfect log.

On this side of the planet I am still the best Matzah ball maker from Liberia because you taught me so well. For all the love, encouragement , concerns and advises I will miss you dearly. I am a more knowledgeable hostess and a better person because I met you and your family.

To Steven, Shari, Jeffery, all the spouses and grandkids, please accept our deepest condolences and prayers for comfort during the seasons of mourning.
With much Love
Willisa & Charlisa