Marcia Barrus Baker
-born on October 29, 1936 in Jamestown, New York to Daniel and Pauline Frederes.
-Left this world on June 18, 2020
Marcia Baker was raised on a dairy farm in rural Western New York. Marcia graduated from Frewsburg Central High School, where she was valedictorian of the class of 1954. She was accepted to the University of Buffalo, however, she chose to marry and start a family instead. As a busy mother of six, her world revolved around her family. She was active in her children’s lives, and found time to support their interests and activities. In 1971, Marcia and her husband, Mickey Barrus, relocated to Florida due to Mickey’s terminal diagnoses. Marcia obtained her real estate license in Florida, and worked as a realtor until her retirement in 2015. Marcia remarried in 1987, and she and Al Baker enjoyed 33 years together before his death, just two months prior to hers. Marcia loved to travel, spend time in her garden, birdwatch, read, and spend time with her children, grand-children and great grandchildren. She and Al divided their time between their homes in Florida and Waynesville, N.C. Marcia was a vivicious and resilient woman, who was passionate about life. She had a witty, sharp humor, but it was always in good fun. She was proud of her heritage, but was accepting of other people’s backgrounds, and spoke often of how differences make our country stronger. She was an interesting cook and used leftovers in unexpected ways. Marcia was no stranger to wine and strong black coffee. She was a loving, firm mother and grandmother who held her children to high expectations and standards. She made a positive impact on the people she loved and her passing will leave an empty space in many hearts. Our family has lost our matriarch. We were very blessed to have her in our lives.
-her children Dan Barrus (Lisa), Kathy Rossini (Tony), Cyndi Hill Williams (Peter), Andrea Mountain (Scott), Bill Barrus (Amy), and Donna Davis.
-her stepchildren Jay Baker and Robin Baker Bird (Art).
-her grandchildren Daniel Barrus, Jeremy Barrus, Heather Gosendi, Andrew Rossini, William Rossini, Breanne Hill, Derrick Hill, Karissa Hill, Crystal Rodriguez, Carly Mountain, Jordan Button, Aaron Barrus, Leah Paskalakis, Marcus Paskalakis, Benjamin Davis, Katie Baker, and Erica Bird.
-15 great grandchildren
Preceded in death by:
-her first husband, Mickey Barrus, who died in 1974 of ALS.
– her husband of 33 years, Alan Baker- who preceded her in death on April 22, 2020.
-her brothers David Frederes and James Frederes, and her sister Peggy Mountain Dennis.