"If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily."
Witty as ever, Emilie Baker, 93, of Spring Lake, Michigan, passed
away Friday, June 6, 2008.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 24, 1914, to John and
Anna Stepanek, who ran a bakery in a Czech neighborhood. After
attending Ohio State University, which she left following her father's
death, she married sculptor, ceramicist, bird photographer, and
businessman Bernard W. Baker in 1944. They made their home on Spring
Lake, and in the 1950s and 1960s also lived part-time in Tucson,
Arizona, where they befriended many local artists, such as painter Ted
DeGrazia. They lived in green solar homes designed and built by Mr. Baker.
Mrs. Baker was the beloved matriarch of her family and dear friend to
many. A passionate birder all her life, Mrs. Baker was a member of
the Michigan Audubon Society. She and her husband founded the Bernard
W. Baker Sanctuary, Calhoun County, Michigan, in 1941. It was
Michigan Audubon's first sanctuary and America's first sanctuary for
the Greater Sandhill Crane.