ST. ALBANS — Dorothy L. Baker, age 81, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, with her family at her side in St. Albans. She was born July 14, 1932, in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of the late Joseph and Christine (Forbes) Lamson. She attended schools in Andover and graduated from Brigham Academy in Bakersfield.
It was at Brigham Academy she met the love of her life, Roy. After Roy returned from Korea they were married in St. Albans on May 23, 1953 and started their life together. First in a small apartment then realizing their dream of owning their own home, first in Georgia then in Saint Albans. She was proud to be a homemaker. She worked hard at creating a loving home for her family. David came along first then Mark two years later. She was a loving Mom to her boys.
She was a great cook. Bonnie Butter birthday cakes, oatmeal raisin cookies, homemade spaghetti sauce, even grilled cheese with peanut butter. Her recipes live on in her family’s kitchens.
She was very active at St. Paul’s UMC, whether it be a circle meeting or a reception after a funeral. She took part in Phi Alpha dinners, the Red Cross canteen, and the Turkey supper. She was one of the “3 B’s” that organized the rummage sales. She loved to volunteer at the St. Albans Historical Museum. She was a founding member of the Georgia Mountain snowmobile club. She and Roy worked many hours on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. She loved being outdoors. It could be on a snowmobile or a bike but they knew every inch of the trail.
But her first love was Roy. They were inseparable. They were the definition of what a married couple should be. They loved to spend time at Kilkare or traveling around Vermont checking off towns with the “251” club.
After Roy passed, she made her home at the Holiday House. She made many friends with the staff and residents. The family would like to thank the staff of the Holiday House for helping create a home for Mom the last four years.
She is survived by her sons; David and wife, Sharon, of St. Albans and Mark and wife, Jean, of Enosburg Falls; grandsons, Matthew and wife, Jennifer, Patrick, Seth, Nicholas and wife, Lauren, and Kevin and her great grand daughter, Addison. She is also survived by her sister, Marion and brother, John and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles and a grandson, Samuel.
Friends may call at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m.
A service celebrating her life will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church Street on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow the service. Interment will be at the St. Albans Bay Cemetery in the spring.
Gifts may be made in Dorothy’s memory to St. Paul’s UMC, 11 Church St, St. Albans, VT 05478 or the St. Albans Historical Museum, P.O. Box 722, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com to leave a private message for Dorothy’s family.