Marilyn Lydee Baker was born March 18, 1948, to Jacob and Ruth Stimson in Clarinda, Iowa, in the same home in which her Papa was born. She was the third of four sisters and had two younger brothers. She left this earth on Nov. 1, 2018, at home with many beloved family members and friends surrounding her.
Marilyn grew up on a working Angus cattle farm, and the example of her parents, who lived out their faith in Jesus, and the hard work that defined life on a farm helped to shape her into the person that people so loved and appreciated.
Marilyn graduated from Indiana University with a degree in education and eventually followed her sister Carolyn to California. In 1973, while living in Mt. Baldy, she met Tom Baker, and they subsequently moved to Reno, Nev., where they married on Sept. 27, 1976.
After relocating to Paso Robles, Calif., Tom and Marilyn welcomed their daughter Rachel Lynn in 1985, followed by their son Samuel David in 1989. The home that they created together was one of laughter, love, and fun, serving as a true “home away from home” for their children’s friends and cousins.
After Rachel married Micah Scott in 2009, Marilyn and Tom became “Nona” and Grandpa to Preslee Dee and Lucas Ross. Marilyn relished her frequent visits with her grandbabies and loved relaying stories about gathering acorns, hugging trees and reading book after book during their days together.
Though she had received a degree in teaching, Marilyn chose to pursue a career in the medical field, serving as a beloved staff member in several Ob/Gyn practices (including those of two of her brothers-in-law) from 1973-2015. Countless women she encountered and worked with over the years came to depend on Marilyn’s encouragement, counsel and smile, and always found a friend in her.
Marilyn lived a life full of devotion to Jesus, for whom she always strove to be a light. Her humble spirit and dedication to helping others in any way she could, particularly those who were dealing with hard times, were products of her faith. She enjoyed daily devotions where she found truth, inspiration, hope, and peace that brought joy to her soul. She, along with her sister and best friend, Janalyn, were committed to North County Christian Fellowship and remained loyal to the church body there for 26 years.
A difficult diagnosis in 2017 left many who loved her devastated, but Marilyn continued steadfast in her faith and never let her hope waver. Her determination helped others to follow her lead and remain positive even in the most difficult of times.
Marilyn was many things to many people — a mother, wife, Nona, sister, friend, counselor, and cheerleader. She was strong, confident, courageous, generous, honest, possessed a mischievous and wonderful sense of humor, full of unconditional love and an anchor to those who surrounded her. Her absence will be felt deeply by all who love her, but we know that no matter what the state of her body, it was always, and will always be, well with her soul.
A service for Marilyn will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at North County Christian Fellowship, 421 9th St., Paso Robles, CA.