Marilyn J. Baker, 79 of 423 College St. Youngsville, Pa., passed away September 18, 2013 at the Rouse Warren County Home, where she was a resident for the past 3 years.
Marilyn was born July 29, 1934 to the Rev. Joseph B. and the Rev. Georgia Markey in the Pittsfield Wesleyan Methodist Church parsonage. On July 24, 1953 she was united in marriage to Rev. William L. Baker by her father and fatherinlaw in East Conneaut, OH.
After graduating from Sandy Lake High School in 1953, Marilyn gained experience as a bookkeeper in the Grove City Bank and later used her ability as a bookkeeper and telephone operator at the First National bank in Marion, IN. She also attended one year of college at Central Wesleyan Methodist College in South Carolina.
Among her many talents, Marilyn was a seamstress. Making many of her clothes, neatness and modesty we a part of her demeanor. Most notable, Marilyn was known as a musician. She began playing at the age of 3. As an accomplished pianist and organist, she played for 36 years at Stoneboro Wesleyan Methodist Camp. As a freelance writer, Marilyn served as Assistant Editor of the I.H.C. Convention Herald, as well as, contributing to the Opening the Word devotional from Herald and Banner Press. She was a Youth and Children's Worker. Countless hours were spent creating visualized songs, writing Christmas programs, preparing Bible School and Youth lessons. Only eternity will reveal the effects of her labors.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, a sister June Crouch, a brother Joseph (Joe) Lee Markey and brothers in law Rod Long and Beverley "Book" Walker.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years Rev. W.L. Baker, a sister, Vera Walker of Falconer, N.Y., sisterinlaw, Geraldine "Geri" Long of Pittsfield and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Friday at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St. in Youngsville from 47 p.m. and for 1 hour prior to a funeral service that will be held on Saturday at noon, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Pittsfield. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Pittsfield.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Rt. 27, Pittsfield, Pa. 16340. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.