Jean Phillips Baker
Baker, Jean Phillips 97, died 9/20/23 surrounded by her children. Inspired by the beauty of nature, Jean found every excuse to be outdoors. Her special place was Madeline Island where she enjoyed walks in the woods and the shimmering waters of Lake Superior. An avid skier, skater, gardener, knitter of beautiful sweaters, and tennis player, Jean's notable outdoor feats include earning first female ascents while mountain climbing as a young girl in the Canadian Rockies and sailing across the Atlantic in her adult years. Jean loved family gatherings and hearing stories about the lives of her family members. A life-long St. Paul resident, alumna of Central High School and University of MN, Jean was committed to her community. She managed an apartment building for over 30 years and volunteered at Family Tree Clinic and as an ESL and reading tutor. Jean cherished her many life-long friendships and felt deep gratitude for the new friends she made at Montcalm Apartments and Episcopal Homes. Preceded in death by her former husband, Bartlett J. Baker, Sr, and her sisters Anne, Mary, and Dornie. Survived by her children, Bartlett "Bake" Baker (Lee), Anne Parker (Bill), Sarah "Sally" Hussian (Tom), seven grandchildren Henry, Louise, Ross, Amelia, Emma, Peter, Mark, four great grandsons, and many nieces and nephews. Curious, adventuresome, and compassionate, Jean lived a fulfilling life and faced life challenges with admirable strength. The family appreciates the wisdom and care of HealthPartners Hospice. Memorials may be directed to Planned Parenthood North Central States or Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Memorial service is planned at Unity Church Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN on November 4 at 3PM.
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